1 arrested after stolen equipment recovered in Graves County

Christopher E. Wallace (Source: Graves County Sheriff's Office)

LYNNVILLE, Ky. (KBSI) – A man faces charges after stolen equipment was recovered in Graves County.

Christopher E. Wallace, 50, of Lynnville faces charges of knowingly receiving stolen property of the value exceeding $10,000 for the stolen tractor and obscuring the identity of a machine valued at over $10,000.

Detectives from the Mayfield Police Department and Graves County Sheriff’s Office searched a home and shop in the 200 block of Seay Graveyard Road about three miles north of the Kentucky and Tennessee state line Monday, April 26 around 5 p.m. It is located about three miles north of the Kentucky and Tennessee state line.

The sheriff’s office case involved a suspected stolen semi hopper trailer, and the Mayfield Police Department case involved the theft of a new 2021 John Deere 3025E tractor. The tractor had been reported as stolen to the Mayfield Police Department by Hutson Ag, located at 1201 Fulton Road in Mayfield.

The stolen John Deere tractor was located hidden in a wooded area just a few yards behind a shop. The tractor had some tornado damage as it was located at the John Deere dealership in Mayfield on December 10, 2021, parked on the lot and for sale. It was stolen after the tornado hit on Dec. 10 and was reported as stolen to Mayfield police.

Authorities also recovered a Timpte brand 42 foot aluminum semi hopper style trailer which is used to haul grain that was parked near the shop. The trailer’s serial number had been obscured and replaced with a false serial number utilizing stamping tools that were found in Wallace’s possession inside of his shop, according to the Grave’s County Sheriff’s Office. The trailer is valued at approximately $50,000. The trailer’s true serial number will be identified as detectives are working with Timpte company officials to lead to the true owner of the trailer.

If the trailer is determined to have been stolen once the proper serial number is identified, additional charges could be filed.

Last month, a $100,000 stolen skid steer that belonged to the Kentucky State Highway Department was recovered near this same location by sheriff’s detectives. It was stolen from an area near Hutson Ag and was being used to clean up tornado debris.

Wallace was taken to an out of county jail. The investigation is ongoing.

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