Two arrested, charged with theft of a tractor

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SALYERSVILLE – Two Magoffin men were arrested on Friday in a felony theft case involving a tractor.

According to the arrest warrants, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Officer Reggie Gosser was investigating the theft of a Kubota tractor that was stolen from Salyer Branch Transport LLC. Security cameras owned by the business captured the theft on video.

Reportedly, the video from November 24 morning shows Chase H. Patrick, 29, of Bee Tree Road, and David N. Connelley, 32, of Middle Fork, pulling onto the lot in a car (driven by Patrick), Connelley gets out of the car and onto the tractor, and both the car and tractor turn onto KY Rt. 7 and drive away. 

The tractor had a forklift/pallet fork attachment on the front and a finish mower on the back. The value of the tractor is approximately $25,000, according to police reports. 

Gosser notes in the warrant that the tractor was located on Bee Tree Road on a property across from Patrick’s residence, but the two attachments had been removed and were recovered from the residence of Joe Randall Minix. 

Connelley was arrested on Friday afternoon on Old Burning Fork Road, and Patrick that night at the Walmart in Paintsville.

Connelley is facing a charge of theft by unlawful taking or disposition (farm equipment), $10,000 or more but under $1 million, which is a Class C felony. Patrick is also charged with of theft by unlawful taking or disposition (farm equipment), $10,000 or more but under $1 million, as well as third-degree criminal trespassing. Both are currently being held at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, with a $5,000 cash bond set for both defendants.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for both Patrick and Connelley on December 4 at 9:15 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center. 

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