The McCreary County Sheriff’s Office, along with U.S. Forest Service Officer Tim Grooms, made two arrests Saturday in connection with a theft ring that preyed on parked cars at Cumberland Falls and other nearby locations.
MCSO Deputy Odell Smith stated through the course of the investigation officers received information Saturday that one of the suspects in the case, identified as Terry L. Goodin, 33, of Waynesburg, may have been trying to leave the county. Officers received a description of the vehicle and were able to locate it and conduct a traffic stop near the KY 90 and US 27 intersection Saturday afternoon.
Goodin and Tiffany J. Renfro, 27, of Parkers Lake were taken in to custody on several outstanding warrants, but charges are pending in relation to the current investigation.
Goodin had an outstanding Lincoln County warrant for burglary, criminal mischief and theft by unlawful taking. A Casey County probation violation warrant and a Pulaski County warrant for failure to appear on identity theft charges.
Renfro was arrested on two Pulaski County warrants, one for failure to appear and theft of identity charges and the second for non-payment of fines for OUI and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.
The investigation has turned up a large amount of stolen property recovered, and the Sheriff’s Office is undergoing cataloging the items and attempting to contact the owners where possible.
Friday afternoon the officers recovered additional stolen items after receiving information of a possible location where they could be located.
After receiving consent to search a residence on KY 90, officers found several weapons, various tools and equipment and a small bottle containing several small diamonds – apparently taken off stolen rings and jewelry.
“Myself and Officer Grooms have logged over 105 man hours in the past two weeks working this investigation,” Deputy Smith said.
Sheriff Randy Waters, who along with Deputies Greg Chaney and Charles Perry, assisted with the arrests Saturday said the investigation was a success due to cooperation between agencies.
“This is a direct result of two law enforcement agencies working together,” he said. “When local and federal agencies are able to combine their skills and resources, good things happen.”
Deputy Smith stated both state and federal charges may be pending against the two subjects, as well as additional arrests as the investigation continues.