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Magoffin man arrested in thefts
ROYALTON — A Magoffin County man was arrested Friday for the theft of two four-wheelers and a riding lawn mower and two other men were charged after purchasing two of the stolen items, police said.

Magoffin County Sheriff Bob Jordan said Nicholas Patrick, 20, was arrested Friday and was charged with third-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking over $300. Jordan said Monday that Patrick allegedly stole a riding lawn mower from Paul Edgar Arnett's Royalton residence early Wednesday morning.

The mower, which was valued at $1,500, was located Friday morning at Donnie Fletcher's home on River Rd. Jordan said that the mower, which was originally red, had been spray-painted green.

Fletcher was charged with receiving stolen property for allegedly buying the lawn mower for $100.

Patrick is also charged with stealing a Honda Rincon 4x4 four-wheeler from H. G. Bailey. According to Jordan, Patrick allegedly broke the lock off a building on Bailey's property in Royalton where there were two four-wheelers chained together.

Jordan said that after breaking the chain, one all-terrain vehicle was pushed out of the building and left at the scene, but the new Honda Rincon was taken. Jordan located the Honda four-wheeler at Wiley Wireman's home, where he found the four-wheeler with a busted key lock.

Jordan said the Honda Rincon was valued at $8,000 and was sold for only $250 to Wireman. Wireman was also charged with receiving stolen property.

A second four-wheeler, a Honda Foreman 400, was found at Mike Cole's residence on Gun Creek.

Jordan said that Cole knew nothing about the four-wheeler except that a man had asked if he could park it on his property on Thursday until he could come back and get it.

Jordan suspects that the four-wheeler was stolen from Breathitt County but is not yet certain since the VIN number on the vehicle was defaced.

Jordan said Monday that he had contacted Honda representatives to come and try to determine the correct VIN number so he can locate the owner.

Jordan said he believes Patrick had help in the thefts, "so there may be some more arrests later on."

"I think he's taking the rap for whoever helped him," the sheriff said.

Patrick was arraigned Monday in Magoffin District Court and is currently lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in lieu of a $5,000 and $2,000 bonds.

Jail officials said Patrick had a previous warrant, which prompted the additional bond to be set.

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