police badge 2016MADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/7/17) — Local authorities arrested a Hopkins County resident in connection to an area ATV theft ring investigation at his home on Brown Road late Sunday night.

Madisonville Police Department revealed Kevin Dewayne Johnson, 45, was wanted on a felony warrant pertaining to a recent ATV theft reported last month.

The investigation was launched as a result of numerous complaints that Johnson was involved in stealing recreational vehicles in the Madisonville/Hopkins County area and taking them to Tennessee to be sold, MPD reported.

Police also reported area residents stated “Johnson was frequently armed with a handgun.”

During the 11:30 p.m. arrest, Johnson was seen reaching inside a truck in his front yard, according to a preliminary news release. He was taken into custody without incident, giving officers consent to search his property.

Officers reported finding one ATV and a dirt bike with defaced serial numbers inside a garage. A fully-loaded Lucin 9mm handgun placed on a work bench was also confiscated during the search.

Johnson faces charges of theft by unlawful taking (under $1 million) and two counts of obscuring the identity of a machine (under $10,000).

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted.

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