Police Searching for Theft Suspect

A Wickliffe man already facing numerous theft-related charges is wanted again in connection with two more recent thefts. On July 4, Ballard County deputies responded after two vehicles were seen leaving Grassy Lake Farms on Barlow Road. Deputies stopped one of the vehicles driven by Josh McClain, who admitted to driving onto the private property.While questioning McClain, K9 Kony reportedly alerted to the presence of items containing suspected methamphetamine. McClain was arrested and taken to the Ballard County Jail. The next day, deputies learned two chainsaws had been reported stolen from Grassy Lake Farms. Deputies said McClain admitted to stealing the chainsaws. They also located Katey Hargrove of LaCenter, owner of the second vehicle, and she reportedly admitted to having the stolen chainsaws. She was arrested and later released. Authorities obtained an arrest warrant for McClain on burglary charges, but he had already bonded out of jail. Deputies got consent from Hargrove to search her home for McClain, but deputies said he fled out of the rear window. Later Hargrove was allegedly seen attempting to dispose of items containing methamphetamine. She was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, and fleeing or evading police. After searching the area for about four hours, McClain was arrested but bonded out soon after. On July 8, police searched a home on County Farm Road. Deputies said McClain had several items stored at the house, including a toolbox that was reported stolen. McClain was charged with possession of the stolen items and arrested again on July 10, but was released the same day. A joint investigation with the Carlisle County Sheriff’s Office has identified McClain as a suspect in two more recent thefts. Anyone with information on McClain’s whereabouts is asked to contact law enforcement.

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