Man facing charges after vehicle stolen

Man facing charges after vehicle stolen
James Mallas (Source: McCracken County Jail)
James Mallas (Source: McCracken County Jail)

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) - A Farley, Ky. man is accused of burglary after a stolen vehicle investigation.

Deputies responded to the 2000 block of Husbands Road on Nov. 12 on the complaint of a stolen vehicle.

The victim reported that he had returned home, and was unloading his 1994 Toyota 4Runner when someone got into his vehicle and drove off.

Deputies listed the vehicle as stolen and began to search for it.

Around 8:20 p.m., deputies found the vehicle near Husbands and Hovekamp. Deputies tried stop the stolen vehicle, and the driver of the vehicle fled. The pursuit ended on Champ Road and the suspect fled the scene.

Several officers from the McCracken County Sheriff's Department and the Paducah Police Department assisted in searching for the suspect that had fled from the vehicle.

Sheriff's detectives responded to the scene and began investigating the incident.

Detectives recovered six swords, a charcoal grill, bag of charcoal, and a makeup kit, all new items still in the boxes, out of the front seat of the vehicle that the victim claimed did not belong to him.

Detectives say they suspected the items were stolen but was unaware of where the items had been taken from.

The investigation continued over the two days, which ultimately led to an interview with who was identified as being James R. Mallas of Lane Road.

According to the sheriff's office, during the interview with Mallas on Thursday around 4:30 p.m. he confessed to taking the vehicle and committing a residential burglary at 1361 South 6th Street.

Mallas admitted that he was going to use the stolen vehicle to transport the stolen items from the burglary back to his residence when he was encountered by sheriff's deputies immediately after committing the burglary and fled.

Mallas was charged with burglary 3rd Degree and booked into the McCracken County Regional Jail. Several additional charges are pending and will be taken against Mallas.

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