One individual, Nathan Owen Jones of Allen County Kentucky, was recently arrested for allegedly selling stolen tailgates taken in part from a Macon County business.
Detective Don Rutheford received an anonymous tip from Bowling Green's Crime Stoppers concerning a series of tailgate thefts. This led investigators to Scottsville, Ky. where the tailgates were found.
Detective Rutheford faxed a copy of the report to Lt. Bryan Satterfield of the Lafayette Police Department stating he had recovered approximately 55 truck tailgates. Lt. Satterfield linked the report to an incident which occurred on Nov. 10, 2003, in which Chuck Jordan had filed a report stating two truck tailgates had been stolen from vehicles parked on his car lot on Hwy. 52.
The tailgates were found at Dave's Truck and Auto Mart in Scottsville. The tailgates were being sold to truck owners who needed replacements. Dave Buchanon, owner of Dave's, stated Jones had approached him concerning the possibility of selling the tailgates. Jones reportedly said he had worked in auto body repair in Indianapolis and could get Buchanon the gates at a good price. Buchanon accepted the offer, saying he believed Jones' story that the tailgates were coming from salvage yards and body shops.
In reality, the tailgates were coming from privately owned trucks in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Indiana, and some of their owners had matching keys to prove it.
Jones was lodged in the Allen County Detention Center charged with 30 counts of theft. The investigation continues and more arrests are pending.