While assisting Kentucky State Police Post 10 Harlan during a manhunt for 26-year-old Gary “Josh” Mills of Knox County regarding stolen vehicles and forced entry into a residence earlier in the day, Bell County Dispatch received a call a suspicious vehicle at a home on Pittman Street off of KY 1344.
The caller, a neighbor of homeowner David Deitch, stated he knew the family was not home. First on scene was Sheriff Mitch Williams followed by Bell County Deputy Michael Bradley who met up with Deitch’s nephew, Robert Wilder, who stated that his uncle had gone to church and a Black Jeep with tan top had been stolen from the residence. Deitch later confirmed the theft stating the vehicle also had an Ohio Buckeyes vanity plate on it’s front bumper.
Sheriff Williams and Deputy Bradley ascertained – through the timing of the event and another attempted theft prior to the Jeep being stolen within a short distance of the residence, caught on surveillance video – that it was Mills who had taken the vehicle. Deputy Joel Quillen also stated there were fresh tracks in the direction of the theft.
Deputy Bradley contacted surrounding police agencies to be on the look out for the Jeep. Mills is still being sought for vehicle theft, fleeing and evading police, forced entry, and robbery.