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Stolen motor home from Tennessee found in the ditch

BURNING FORK – A motor home reported stolen out of Tennessee was found stuck in the ditch on Jim Arnett Branch on Monday, with the driver arrested.

On December 6, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Deputy Jordan Osborne was on patrol in the Jim Arnett Branch area of Magoffin County when he reportedly observed a Class A motor home in the ditch with an expired Tennessee registration plate.

The driver, identified as Sanford Lethco, 38, from Sevierville, Tennessee, told police he had just bought the motor home for $20,000, but was unable to provide a current registration card. When asked if the vehicle had insurance on it, Lethco reportedly told law enforcement it did not.

When running Lethco’s information, as well as the vehicle’s, police found that he had a DUI suspended license and the motor home had been reported stolen out of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Lethco was taken into custody, at which time police found two empty needles in his jacket pocket. He was taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, where he remains at press time.

He repeatedly told law enforcement he bought the motor home, giving police the name of the person he reportedly bought it from.

The vehicle was towed from the ditch and Knoxville Police Department was advised police had removed the motor home.

Lethco was arraigned on Wednesday, with no other court date scheduled on the docket as of press time.

Editor’s Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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