STONE, Ky. – A Wayne County man accused of stealing a truck from the Appalachian First Response ambulance service is scheduled for arraignment today in Pike County Kentucky.
Jerry Hurley, Chief Financial Officer for Appalachian First Response, reports that the vehicle was reported stolen on Sunday, May 1 and was recovered the following day in Wayne County W.Va. “Bill and I went to Wayne together to retrieve the truck when it was found,” Hurley stated.
Matthew Pennington, 36 from Wayne, was arrested in connection with the theft. Pennington was transported to the Western Regional Jail near Barboursville. Currently, Pennington is listed as a Pre Trial Felon and is being held at a surety/cash bond for $10,000. Pennington is scheduled to be extradited and arraigned in Pike County Ky. on Tuesday, May 10.
The incident was investigated by the Kentucky State Police (KSP) and the West Virginia State Police (WVSP). “This occurred at our Stone location but the vehicle was found in Wayne so both agencies were involved,” Hurley explained.
Hurley credits the communication and coordination between the KSP and the WVSP in the quick recovery of the vehicle. “I would like to thank KSP Trooper Martin for getting the communication started in this case. The KSP was instrumental in establishing communication. Without them, I am not sure if I would have the truck back. I appreciate everything that they did,” Hurley explained.
Hurley also explained that although the truck was recovered, all of the tools that were housed in the truck still remain missing. Hurley explained that the loss of the tools has had an impact on his business. “People don’t realize it but the tool truck is the life line. There were 30 to 40 years of tools that had accumulated,” Hurley stated. “It has been mentally trying and we are trying to play catch up. We had two units in line waiting to be serviced. However, sometimes you have to put square pegs in a round hole. We will ride this ship and continue to provide service to the people,” Hurley continued.
Hurley urges anyone with any information regarding the missing tools to call 606-353-9835. “Any information would be appreciated. There is someone there to take the call 24 hours a day,” Hurley stated.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)