Three Lyon County teenagers, including two juveniles, have been charged in connection with a stolen vehicle investigation that led to charges for multiple other offenses.
On the morning of New Year's Eve, Lyon County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of a stolen 2018 Jeep Compass from a home in the northern part of the county. Princeton Police Department located the vehicle about two hours after its information had been entered into a crime database and detained a 17-year-old Eddyville male who was in possession of the keys.
Sheriff Brent White recovered the vehicle and brought it along with the juvenile back to Lyon County.
During the investigation, authorities learned that a spare key for the SUV was stolen from the owner of the vehicle around Dec. 26. The Jeep was stolen on the same night and driven to McCracken County where it was reportedly involved in a hit-and-run collision before being driven back to the Lyon County location from where it had been stolen.
The sheriff reports the vehicle was again taken on Dec. 30 with the stolen keys and was involved in another hit-and-run in southern Lyon County and driven to Princeton, where it was located by police the following day. Conor B. Richie, 18, of Kuttawa was allegedly the driver at the time and claimed he did not know the vehicle was stolen.
A search of the vehicle reportedly turned up suspected marijuana, marijuana liquid, multiple items of drug paraphernalia, legend drugs and Oxycodone. The vehicle sustained almost $3,000 worth of damage in the two crashes.
The male juvenile was charged with two counts of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000, two counts of theft by unlawful taking under $500 and two counts of contempt of court. He was lodged in McCracken County Regional Juvenile Detention Facility.
A 16-year-old Kuttawa female was charged with possess of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a legend drug (Seroquel) and first-degree possession of a controlled substance (Oxycodone). She claimed she did not know the vehicle was stolen. She was released to the custody of her mother, pending a juvenile court date.
Additional charges against these juveniles are pending in McCracken County as it relates to property damage there from the hit-and-run.
Richie voluntarily surrendered to authorities and was charged with no operator's license, leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid and first-degree criminal mischief.
He was charged Sunday and faces arraignment in Lyon District Court today (Wednesday).
The investigation is continuing with more charges possible.
Anyone with information concerning these crimes is asked to call the sheriff's department at 270-388-2311, stop in the courthouse office or visit LyonSheriff.com.