Kentucky grand jury indicts seven on organized crime, drug, theft charges
Published 7:03 am Wednesday, July 21, 2021
Seven people were indicted by a Franklin Circuit Court grand jury Tuesday on a variety of charges including catalytic converter thefts, armed drug trafficking and organized crime.
Franklin County Sheriff’s detectives began investigating the crimes in May and determined numerous suspects were involved.
While executing search warrants at several locations in Bald Knob, investigators reportedly recovered stolen property including a Jeep that was reported stolen from a Lewis Ferry residence, numerous pistols and rifles, an ATV, chainsaws and liquor. Approximately 130 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine were also discovered.
According to FCSO detectives, several stolen catalytic converters were found at another location. Two of the parts were taken from Larry Stigers Equipment, 100 Twin Oaks Circle, over Memorial Day weekend.
Ten catalytic converters were reported stolen by Stigers, who offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
The seven charged in the thefts are also believed to be responsible for stolen catalytic converters at Neil Huffman and the state motor pool on Wilkinson Boulevard.
Sheriff Chris Quire estimated more than $50,000 in damage was caused to the vehicles.
“Members of this group profited from catalytic converter thefts, numerous burglaries and thefts across the county,” he said, explaining the organized crime charge.
“The most alarming factor concerning all the listed suspects is their suspected addiction to methamphetamine and other drugs.”
Those indicted include:
Troy Senn, 49, of Frankfort, engaging in organized crime, a Class B felony; receiving stolen property (less than $10,000); and two counts of first-degree persistent felony offender.
Jamie Hendershot, 30, of Frankfort, engaging in organized crime, a Class B felony, and theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more but less than $10,000) and receiving stolen property (less than $10,000), both Class D felonies.
Johnathon Cox, 40, of Frankfort, engaging in organized crime, a Class B felony; theft by unlawful taking ($500 or more but less than $10,000) and receiving stolen property (less than $10,000), all Class D felonies; and three counts of first-degree persistent felony offender.