Owner tracks stolen van with GPS, leads police to arrests

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CARROLTON, Ky. - The owner of a stolen van used real-time GPS tracking to help Carroll County authorities apprehend the men who allegedly stole two vans from her Louisville business, police said.

Carroll County Central Dispatch received a call at 8:14 a.m. on Tuesday from the owner of Valley Medical Transportation. The owner gave real-time locations of one van to the dispatch center as the Carrollton Police Department and Carroll County Sheriff's Office sped to meet it.

The van was stopped in the parking lot of a Speedway gas station in Carrollton. CPD Assistant Chief Steve Abbott, Chief Michael Willhoite and CCSO Deputy Clay Cable were on the scene.

John W. Payton, 30, was identified as the operator of the van while Kevin Murphy, 26, was the passenger. Both men were from Louisville.

"Upon arresting the men and doing a search incident to arrest, we recovered approximately $35,000 in stolen property from the rear of the van. The property included motor vehicle tools, electronics, gaming systems, and games," said CPD Chief Michael Willhoite.

Most of the stolen items belonged to Valley Medical Transportation. The owner of the remaining items has not been identified.

A second van stolen from Valley Medical Transportation was recovered by Kentucky State Police in Pendleton.

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