A Harlan man faces a theft charge after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars and heading to a car lot to purchase a mini-van.
James Bailey, 24, of Harlan, was arrested by Harlan Police Officer George Young on Tuesday.
Harlan City Police Chief Mike Thomas said his department got the report a little after 3 p.m.
“Jeff Capps from WTUK came in,” said Thomas. “He was in the radio room working and somebody came and got him and told him there was a guy in his office.”
Thomas said Bailey was an acquaintance of Capps, and had done yard work for him.
According to Thomas, Capps noticed $14,000 was missing from his office after Bailey departed.
“Capps described him to me and we immediately knew who he was because we had dealt with him a time or two before,” said Thomas. “We got information that the suspect had paid someone to give him a ride to a car lot to buy a car.”
Thomas said officers headed out to all the car lots in search of Bailey. Young located Bailey at Austin’s Auto Sales in Rosspoint.
“He was trying to put a down payment on a used mini-van,” said Thomas. “We placed him under arrest.”
Thomas said Bailey was caught with money matching the description Capps provided.
Thomas said Bailey claimed he had gotten the money ginsenging.
“We tried to explain to him now is not the time to ginseng,” said Thomas.
Thomas said after a search of his house, Bailey confessed that he had taken the money.
Capps got most of the money back with just the amount necessary for Bailey to secure a ride to the car lot and possibly purchase a pack of cigarettes missing, Thomas said.
Bailey was charged with theft by unlawful taking $10,000 or more and lodged in the Harlan County Detention Center without bond.
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