Arrests made in Nolin boat theft outbreak


By Brittany Wise - bwise@civitasmedia.com



Two Clarkson men were arrested in connection with a string of Nolin Lake thefts which left an investigating officer among the list of victims.

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) began looking into reported thefts from boats in the Wax Marina, Nolin Lake Estates and Twin Coves areas of Grayson County near Nolin Lake last month.

“Over a span of several weeks many more thefts were reported as several deputies became involved,” Sheriff Norman Chaffins said.

During the investigation, Lieutenant Tony Willen, with the GCSO, became a victim of the thefts himself. Several hundreds of dollars worth of boat accessories were stolen from Willen’s boat while docked on Nolin Lake.

In total, theft victims reported several thousand dollars worth of boat accessories stolen over a several week period. Items included fishing gear, stereos, battery chargers, kayaks, and various other gear.

“Since Lt. Willen was a victim, this office decided to enlist the assistance of the Kentucky State Police (KSP), and our office took a support role in the investigation,” Chaffins said.

Based on information obtained by Willen, several suspects were developed. Once that information was handed over to KSP, Trooper Scott Rafferty and Detective Scotty Sharp, with assistance from GCSO deputies, made contact with 27-year-old Andrew D. Floyd and 33-year-old Stewart N. Bullock, both from Clarkson.

Bullock and Floyd were found to be in possession of stolen items belonging to multiple victims in the Nolin Lake area, including Willen.

“It appeared that the value of all the items recovered was well over $10,000.00,” Chaffins said.

The two men were each arrested and charged with receiving stolen property valued at over $10,000. Bullock was additionally charged with cultivating marijuana (fewer than five plants).

Bullock and Floyd were lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center following their arrests.

Additional arrests in connection with the thefts may be forthcoming, Chaffins said.

Officers expect more victims to come forward as they realize items are missing from their boats or property. Anyone in the Nolin area who believes they have been a victim of theft should contact Willen at the GCSO by calling (270) 259-3024.

By Brittany Wise

bwise@civitasmedia.com

Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.

Reach Brittany Wise at 270-259-9622 ext. 2014.

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