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Two in custody after ATV thefts in Middlesboro

From The Middlesboro Police Department/Bell County Sheriff's Department

Jacolby Zachary - BCDC

On Saturday, April 6, 2019 officers from the Middlesboro Police Department responded to Shake and Bake Motorsports on Cumberland Avenue in regard to a call of a theft from the business.


During the early morning hours, two males entered the parking lot of the business and stole two 2019 Polaris RZR side-by-side ATVs.


During the course of the theft the suspects did significant damage to the ignitions of several other ATVs while trying to get them started. They also damaged several vehicles surrounding the ATVs while exiting the lot.


Using surveillance footage from the business and surrounding businesses, officers were able to determine the identification of the suspects.


Later Saturday afternoon Bell County Deputy Patrick Brooks located 21-year-old Jacolby Zachary, of Middlesboro, in possession of one of the stolen ATVs in the Pineville Pike area. Zachary was taken into custody by Deputy Brooks and Middlesboro Officer Robin Venable.

The ATV was recovered and Zachary was lodged in the Bell County Detention Center charged with theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, criminal mischief 1st degree, and possession of Marijuana.


On Sunday April 7th at approximately 9:13am Middlesboro Officers Michael Bradley, Robin Venable, and Lt. Tom Busic located a second suspect, a male juvenile. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 and criminal mischief 1st degree. He was transported to the Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Facility. The second ATV was located and recovered.


Officer Robin Venable is in charge of the investigation and was assisted by Officers Michael Bradley, Joel Quillen, Nick Capps, K-9 Officer Harvey Johnson, Sgt. Barry Cowan, Lt. Eddie Myers, and Lt. Tom Busic.



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