By John L. Ross, Staff Writer
A man arrested in connection with the theft of more than $10,000 in antiques was indicted Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Billy Gene Miller, 23, of Strunk, faces a two-count indictment. The first count charges theft by unlawful taking of more than $10,000.
On Sept. 5, the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a theft that happened just after 8 a.m. that day.
Several antiques were stolen from a barn on Ryan’s Creek. Shortly after the theft, the owner of the antiques, Andrew Meadows, witnessed his missing property being hauled in the bed of a pickup truck traveling on KY 92W.
According to Sheriff Colan Harrell, Meadows followed the truck and was able to get a description of the driver as well as the license plate number.
Harrell said Meadows tried to get the driver to exit the truck, but instead he sped away. Later, the WCSD and Meadows went to the address retrieved through the license plate.
While driving to the residence, Harrell said some of the stolen antiques were scattered along side the road, apparently dumped from the truck.
The truck was located at Miller’s residence in Strunk. Harrell said an informant aided in getting the rest of Meadows property returned.
Harrell asked the public’s help in finding Miller after he was positively identified by Meadows.
The second count of Miller’s indictment charges second-degree persistent felony offender after his October 2010 conviction in McCreary County for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
Miller remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center under two separate bonds. The first bond amount is $10,000 cash, the second is $25,000 cash, with an ankle bracelet. His next court appearance is slated for May 28.