Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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November 20, 2006

Man arrested for theft of construction materials

ASHLAND — A joint investigation conducted by the Ashland Police Department and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department in Ohio recovered thousands of dollars in construction materials stolen from an Ashland work site.

David S. Klein, 29, of Lawrence County, Ohio, was arrested Friday and has been charged with receiving stolen property.

According to Ashland police, approximately $45,000 in stolen materials and tools were recovered in a search conducted in rural Lawrence County last Friday. The materials were all stolen from the Providence Hill site.

Three separate companies, Providence Hill LLC, Genesis Electric and Workman & Sons Plumbing, were listed as victims. Providence Hill LLC is a subsidiary of Fred Burns and Associates of Lexington, which is developing the property across U.S. 23 from Melody Mountain. Klein is a foreman with Genesis Electric.

Doug Hauck, Providence Hill project manager, said Monday the value of the recovered materials may change. “We’re trying to gather some other facts and figures,” he said. He added the value could fluctuate in either direction.

Ashland Acting Police Chief Rob Ratliff said some of the materials recovered had not been discovered missing or reported stolen yet by the companies.

That fact, he said, could account for some of the change in final value of items recovered and the number of cases opened against Klein. There are at least five open cases involving stolen material from the Providence Hill site.

Hauck said the thefts have been taking place throughout the summer but recently intensified. According to police reports, the incidents occurred between June 1 and Nov. 17.

A list of recovered items included a broad range of items from treated lumber and PVC pipes to tools and home appliances. Ratliff said the items were being stored and that he could not speculate on what Klein planned to do with them.

“I think it was a good job coordinating the investigation among law enforcement agencies across state lines and it resulted in recovering a considerable amount of stolen items,” Ratliff said.

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