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March 28, 2014

City-owned truck stolen

Corbin man caught on camera Thursday in Recreation Center parking lot

CORBIN — By Jeff Noble / Staff Writer

He told police he wanted to sell the truck and “get high one more time.”

Instead, a Corbin man’s spending time in jail, after stealing a truck belonging to the City of Corbin Thursday morning.

James Carnes, 26, of 1911 Early Street, Corbin, was charged with theft by unlawful taking (Automobile). He’s jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center in Williamsburg.

The incident happened shortly after 11 a.m.

According to Public Affairs Officer Maj. Rob Jones, the Corbin Police Department got the call at 11:06 a.m. They received a complaint from the Corbin Recreation Center on Barbourville Street that one of their work trucks — a 1998 Ford F150, belonging to the Corbin Parks and Recreation Department — had been stolen from the parking lot of the recreation center.

Surveillance cameras at the center caught the act.

Through video footage, Corbin Police detectives were able to determine that a man wearing a dark-colored jacket got out of a red Buick LeSabre car, walked over to the work truck, got in the truck and drove off.

When officers arrived at the scene, the car was still in the parking lot. The Buick was registered to one of Carnes’ family members. That information, along with the video footage from the parking lot, helped officers determine it was Carnes who stole the truck.

Officers went to Carnes’ home on 1911 Early Street, where he was known to be staying, and found him emptying the truck’s toolboxes into a wheelbarrow.

Corbin Police arrested Carnes at 11:49 a.m.

Carnes told officers he stole the city-owned truck and was going to sell the truck for $400 and purchase drugs, before he had to start a court-appointed drug rehabilitation program at 1 p.m. Thursday.

“He said he wanted to get high one more time,” Jones noted at Corbin Police Headquarters.

Detective Rusty Hedrick was the arresting officer, and continues his investigation.

He was assisted by Maj. Jones, Capt. Coy Wilson, Det. Bill Rose, Lt. James Miller and Ptl. Arron Peace.

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