The Graves County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation into thefts from vehicles – which recovered a stolen Calloway County handgun – led to a fifth arrest Tuesday with the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office assisting.
GCSO said it investigated theft from vehicles that were believed to have occurred after midnight and into the early morning hours Monday. The suspects allegedly stole credit cards and numerous other items from vehicles in Fancy Farm in the areas from KY 339 to the KY 408 intersection. The suspects then allegedly began using the stolen credit cards at multiple locations in both Mayfield and Murray later Monday. Surveillance photos were obtained by sheriff’s deputies of the suspects purchasing items at some of the businesses, GCSO said.
Clayton Williams Jr., 19, Abby Mae Hammonds and Christopher Reynolds, 26, all of Mayfield, were located on South Eighth Street in Mayfield, and during the arrest, some of the property that was purchased with stolen credit/debit cards was recovered, GCSO said. A stolen Springfield 9mm was also recovered when Williams was found hiding in the Jeep Cherokee he allegedly used that morning during the thefts. The handgun was stolen out of Calloway County last week, GSCO said.
Brian Harris Jr., 30, of Mayfield was also later arrested in connection to the thefts.
After notifying the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office about the recovery of the stolen handgun on Monday, another interview was conducted Tuesday. Investigators were able to locate a stolen Dell Computer valued at $1,300 inside the home on South Eighth Street where Clayton Williams and Brian Harris had been arrested. CCSO had also taken a theft report of the laptop the same time the handgun was reported stolen.
On Tuesday morning, CCSO Deputy Danny Williams of the Calloway County Sheriff’s Office and Detective Brooke Nelms searched the residence and located the computer and eventually locating a Kel Tec 9mm handgun that was reported Tuesday morning to the Sheriff’s Office as stolen. A resident from another house located on Hayden Street came to the office stating that he noticed his vehicle had been rummaged through but didn’t recognize immediately that his handgun was missing.
As a result of the follow-up investigation, Terra Utley, 29, of Mayfield, was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property over $500. Clayton, Williams and Harris have received additional charges of theft by unlawful taking of a firearm. All three are still lodged in the Graves County Jail.
Individuals facing charges are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.