Men found with stolen rig and mining weigh scales charged

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Two Kentucky men who were pulled over with a stolen trailer hauling a stolen mining scale have been charged with receiving stolen property, according to the Kentucky State Police.

The suspects – 39-year-old James Morris, and 36-year-old Jerry Bowling – were apprehended on April 11 after being stopped by law enforcement for speeding and reckless driving in a work zone on Highway 80 between Manchester and London, Ky. Morris also had an outstanding warrant for driving while revoked.

According to Officer Chris McQueen with the state police commercial vehicle enforcement division, authorities still aren’t sure how the men obtained the trailer, or its cargo – a commercial weigh scale typically deployed at coal mining sites throughout the state..

“We really don’t know (how they obtained the vehicles.) The trailer was reported missing over a month ago from a job site near a highway in Leslie County, Ky. The truck went missing a week prior to the arrest.”

McQueen said the scales are valued at an estimated $150,000.

“These scales were huge,” he said. “They’re probably 15 or 16 feet in length, solid steel. … The only thing we can think of is (the theft occurred) for scrap. It would’ve brought some big money.”

A search of Morris’ home revealed another stolen trailer, a stolen 2004 Peterbilt semi truck that had been reported missing out of Monticello, Ky., and a John Deere tractor.

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