Suspect in selling of rented skid steer identified as Ark. man

According to Kentucky State Police, James E. Slaughter, 19, of Blytheville, Ark., gave a fake...
According to Kentucky State Police, James E. Slaughter, 19, of Blytheville, Ark., gave a fake name when he rented a skid steer in Mayfield. He's accused of selling the skid steer in Blytheville.(Kentucky State Police)
Published: Jan. 12, 2023 at 4:08 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 2, 2023 at 4:58 PM CST
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MAYFIELD, Ky. (KFVS) - A man is wanted for selling a rented skid steer in Arkansas.

On Thursday, February 2, Kentucky State Police reported they identified the suspect as James E. Slaughter, 19, of Blytheville, Ark.

Slaughter is currently wanted on charges of theft by unlawful taking $10,000 < $1,000,000; destruction of VIN number; criminal mischief first degree and criminal possession of a forged instrument second degree.

He is described as being 5-feet, 4-inches tall and 130 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call KSP Post 1 at 270-856-3721 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.

According to KSP, the owner of an equipment rental business in Mayfield called them on December 19 to report the theft of a skid steer.

The business owner told them he rented the equipment to a man on Dec. 12 with an expected return date of Dec. 19. When the business owner contacted the man on Dec. 19 for an estimated return time, he said the man told him the skid steer was stolen from an address in Paducah on the night of Dec. 18.

According to troopers, GPS tracking indicated the skid steer was taken to Blytheville, Ark. by Dec. 13.

They say the skid steer was recovered in Blytheville where it is believed to have been sold by the suspect who rented it.

According to KSP, the suspect gave a false, out-of-state identification to the Mayfield business when he rented the skid steer.

The suspect was last seen driving a dark green, four-door Chevrolet Silverado, approximately 2014-2018 model year.