Junction City police arrest two in suspected theft ring

August 06, 2003|LIZ MAPLES

JUNCTION CITY - In an ongoing investigation, Junction City police believe they've broken up a theft ring run out of a garage in the city.

Larry Anthony Delaney, 21, of 81 Kentucky Ave. and Bradley Adams, 19, of 1026 Jack Black Road, Lancaster, were arrested and charged with three counts of theft, receiving stolen property and possession of burglary tools.

Junction City police Officer Anthony Pinkston allegedly saw three go karts in their vehicle during a routine traffic stop. The carts, with tags still attached, were reported stolen from Wal-Mart SuperCenter.

Pinkston and Police Chief Jimmy Gipson also located a stolen lawnmower at Delaney's residence and a stolen lawnmower at his neighbor's residence. Gipson said that Delaney allegedly traded his neighbor the lawnmower for a truck.


Other stolen items were found at a garage leased by Delaney. They included pressure washers, weed trimmers, gas grills and kerosene heaters. The case will be presented to a grand jury Thursday, and Delaney is expected to be charged with possession of the stolen items, Gipson said.

All of the charges are felonies.

Junction City solves 87 percent of the reported crimes in the city. Gipson attributes the department's success to the officers' team effort approach on cases.

Danville police, Boyle County Sheriff's Department and Wal-Mart security officers assisted with the investigation.

Junction City police also made arrests in two other, unrelated cases.

A juvenile and a Junction City man were arrested and charged with third-degree burglary more than $300. Police believe that the juvenile and Brandon Cloyd, 26, of Stewart's Lane stole $1,000 worth of tools and bicycles from a house in the 100 block of Bell's Lane. Gibson and Officer Doug Combs investigated.

Police arrested a husband and wife after a missing duffel bag full of jewelry, CDs, a cell phone and clothes were found at their residence. Larry McDaniel, 27, of 152 E. Shelby St. and Elizabeth Wimberly, 20, were arrested and charged with burglary more than $300 and possession of marijuana. When police searched the home, they allegedly found a small amount of pot. Officers Combs and Randall Miller investigated.

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