Edmonson Voice Staff Report
A stolen vehicle reported out of Elizabethtown was recovered in Edmonson County on Friday, November 18, 2016, according to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office.
Officials said that the sheriff's office and Kentucky State Police responded to a drug complaint on New Grove Road in Chalybeate on Friday. Authorities said while investigating, they discovered a 1998 Ford F150 at the property with a license plate that was registered to a different vehicle.
It was also reported that all the VIN plates had been removed except the one on the dash, but a portion of the windshield had been spray-painted black to hide the plate. Officials said that no arrests were made that night, but through further investigation in conjunction with the Commonwealth Attorney's office the next day, Keith Wallingford, 31, of Chalybeate was arrested and charged with Obscuring the identity of a machine over $500-less than $10,000, which is a class B felony.
Wallingford pleaded not guilty to the charge in Edmonson District Court on Tuesday, November 22, 2016. A pre-trial hearing has been set for December.
The case is still under investigation and the sheriff's office said that more arrests are pending regarding the theft of the truck.