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Three charged with raiding cars for credit cards, checks

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Grand jury indictments

By Bob White

By BOB WHITE

bwhite@thenewsenterprise.com

ELIZABETHTOWN — Three people have been charged with more than two dozen counts each in what investigators describe as a quick turnaround on stolen checks and credit cards taken from unlocked vehicles in the Elizabethtown area.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Shaw said the fast work of the alleged thieves led to thousands of dollars worth of items from local stores fraudulently being purchased before victims noticed that their vehicles had been accessed.

As a result, Jack D. Herald, 25, Rachel Sledd, 27, and Darrell Ray Keeling, 43, are accused of fraudulently using stolen credit cards, passing forged checks, theft and theft of identity.

According to the indictments, the trio assumed identities of victims when passing forged checks and using stolen credit cards at Wal-Mart, The Home Depot, Five Star Food Mart and Peddler’s Mall in Elizabethtown.

The mixing of victim information made investigative work tough for Kentucky State Police, Shaw said.

Upon indictment, bonds of $25,000 to $50,000 were assigned to the defendants.

A fourth suspect is being sought in connection with the case, authorities said.

No arraignment date has been set for Sledd, Herald and Keeling.

Others indictments filed July 31 by the grand jury and the charges are:

> Jerry E. Mucker, 46, complicity to theft and persistent felony offender.

> Randy Lee Sheldon, Jr., 33, complicity to theft.

> Troy Unie Carter, 28, complicity to theft.

> Bo Allen Harris, 35, forgery, bail jumping, possession of a controlled substance and theft of identity.

> Brian L. Croxton, 39, two counts of complicity to commit forgery.

> Denise Michelle Myers, 30, bail jumping.

> Melissa Ann Allen, 35, 15 counts of felony theft and one count of misdemeanor theft.

> Thomas B. Hudspeth Jr., 38, complicity to manufacture methamphetamine and two counts of complicity to distribute a methamphetamine precursor.

> Barbara Jane Hudspeth, 34, complicity to manufacture methamphetamine and two counts of complicity to distribute a methamphetamine precursor.

> Amanda L. Mode, 30, unlawful distribution of a methamphetamine precursor.

> Nina K. Cooper, 24, unlawful distribution of a methamphetamine precursor.

> Byron Doug McLaughlin, 51, 18 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance.

> Lenmeana Navakuku, 33, two counts of complicity to trafficking in a controlled substance and complicity to obtain a controlled substance by fraud.

> Clinton James Stafford, 29, bail jumping and persistent felony offender.

> Steven R. Cox, 22, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, improper parking and persistent felony offender.

> Trevor Browning Storey, 26, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and forgery of a prescription.

> Michael David Green, 39, complicity to commit possession of drug paraphernalia, gun enhanced, and complicity to possess marijuana.

> Scott Frederick Finlinson, 31, two counts of tampering with evidence, possession of a controlled substance, DUI, prescription drugs in improper container, open alcohol container and careless driving.

> Doris Hobbs Campbell, 52, complicity to cultivate marijuana, and complicity to possess marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

> Gary Morris Green, 44, rape, burglary and persistent felony offender.

> Karmen R. Manley, 21, theft by deception.

> Concepcion E. Mendez, 25, bail jumping.

> Cherokee Lowery, 47, robbery.

> Norberto L. Rodriguez, 32, fraudulent use of a credit card.

> James Neighbors, 49, complicity to possess drug paraphernalia and marijuana.

An indictment is not proof of guilt , but merely an accusation against a suspect approved by a majority of a grand jury.

Bob White can be reached at (270) 505-1750.