Man wanted on string of charges captured

WOOLUM, Ky. (WTVQ) – The search for a Barbourville man, who was wanted in connection to a string of crimes, ended late Tuesday night with his arrest in the Woolum community of Knox County, according to State Police.

Investigators say 27-year old Gary Mills was taken into custody without incident. A stolen Polaris ATV was recovered during the arrest, according to KSP.

Investigators say this all began December 6, 2015, when KSP received a call about a 2010 Ford Mustang that had been stolen in Harlan County. About 45-minutes after the initial call, a Trooper spotted the stolen car headed south on US 119 in Bell County. The Trooper tried the pull the car over, but the driver took off, eventually losing the Trooper along KY 1534 in the Page community of Bell County, according to State Police.

Investigators say they found the stolen Mustang abandoned a short time later on E W Miracle Road. It was returned to its owner, according to KSP.

Not long after the stolen Mustang was recovered, State Police received a call of a strong armed robbery in the area where the car was found. The owner of a residence there told State Police that a man had kicked in her back door, demanded her purse and the keys to her car. She told investigators that while she was giving the man her purse and car keys, he forced open the door and struck her, causing minor injuries to her arm.

State Police say the suspect took off in the woman’s 2004 black Chevy Impala. They say that car was later found abandoned at an ATV park in Bell County.

State Police say a tip allowed them to identify the suspect as Gary Mills, who they say is also a suspect in three other vehicle thefts in Harlan County and Bell County on December 6, 2015.

After his arrest, Mills was lodged in the Knox County Detention Center, according to State Police.

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