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2 charged in connection with multiple theft investigations


McCracken County sheriff's deputies say two people have been charged in connection with multiple theft investigations.

Jeffrey T. Sexton, 41, was charged with three counts of receiving stolen property (firearm), five counts of second degree forgery, receiving stolen property under $500, first degree possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with physical evidence, three counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and five counts of fraudulent use of a credit card under $500.

Patricia M. Williford, 33, was charged with four counts of receiving stolen property (firearm).

On Sept. 29, the McCracken County Sheriff's Department responded to Meacham Lane in response to a report of a wallet theft which contained the victim's debit card.

On Sept. 30, deputies responded to Lane Road in reference to a report of a firearm theft.

According to the homeowner, a total of three handguns were taken from the home; however, deputies say there were no signs of forced entry.

On Oct. 1, deputies responded to Yarbro Lane in reference to a theft of the victim's check books. The victim told deputies she had given a man a ride and after he got out of her vehicle, she discovered that her checkbooks had been taken from her purse.

Along with the above incidents detectives determined that Williford, was living on Lane Road at the time the guns were taken from the home.

Deputies say Williford's family member lived on Meacham Lane. They also determined that Williford knew a man, identified as Sexton.

A short time later, deputies say the card that had been reported as stolen had been used at various locations in the Paducah area.

Detective found Williford on Thursday, Oct. 1 and based on further investigation, they say drugs were largely to blame for some past actions.

Deputies say Sexton and Williford acted together on Lane Road which led to firearms being exchanged for methamphetamine. 

Detectives found Sexton walking in the Bridge Street area on Thursday, Oct. 1 around 1 p.m.

When approaching Sexton, deputies say he tried to get rid of a methamphetamine smoking pipe in the tall grass, but was not successful.

According to the sheriff's department, three checkbooks were found  by detectives in Sexton's possession. They say the checkbooks belonged to the victim from Yarbro Lane, as well as items linking Sexton to the theft on Meacham Lane.

Sexton was taken to the sheriff's department where he later admitted to taking and writing several checks from the victim on Yarbro Lane, as well as the debit card and other items from the victim on Meacham Lane.

They say Sexton also acknowledged his assistance in trading the guns in question from Lane Road.

The investigation is ongoing.

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