SALYERSVILLE – A Stanton man was arrested after allegedly stealing a vehicle at a local gas station on Sunday.
According to the arrest citation, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy J. Osborne was dispatched by Magoffin County 911 regarding a blue Toyota Camry that had allegedly been stolen at VIP Fuels in Salyersville. Osborne had dispatch notify Kentucky State Police to help locate the vehicle, then contacted the owner, who told police that a man had stolen his vehicle while he was in the store and that his dog was also still inside the vehicle when it was stolen.
KSP Trooper Spencer reportedly saw a vehicle matching the stolen vehicle’s description at the log yard on KY 114 just outside of Salyersville. When Trooper Spencer pulled in behind the vehicle with his emergency light active, the driver took off on foot, according to the citation. The subject, identified as Joshua David Sargent, 19, of Stanton, was given commands to stop and show his hands, but he wouldn’t comply, though he was taken into custody.
According to police records, Sargent was read his Miranda Rights and when asked if he would like to make statement, he admitted to police he did steal the vehicle at the gas station and that he did run from police.
Sargent was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remains at press time, and charged with theft by unlawful taking auto over $10,000 but less than $1 million; fleeing or evading police, first degree (on foot); resisting arrest; and menacing.
The vehicle and the small dog named Cupcake were returned to the owners.
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