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HILLVIEW - When Teddy D. Stinson attended a recreational vehicle show in Louisville, he must have liked what he saw.
But the Crestwood resident wasn’t apparently looking at the vehicles. He was looking at the flat screen televisions inside.
The Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department, with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Louisville Metro Police, the Kentucky State Police and the Hillview Police Department, has charged Stinson with multiple counts of theft by unlawful taking.
Stinson, 35, is also facing similar charges in Jefferson and Nelson counties.
Det. Scotty McGaha said several break-ins had been occurring at storage facilities and at recreational vehicle sales locations in Bullitt County since August.
Similar crimes were reported in the Jeffersontown, Chamberlain Lane and Dixie Highway areas of Jefferson County.
The pattern seemed to be very similar, said McGaha.
The suspect would break out a window in the RV units and get inside. Once there, the flat-screen televisions would be removed.
Stinson had been sought by the U.S. Marshal’s Office and that search went from Tennessee to Hopkinsville to Bardstown, where he was ultimately captured at a Nelson County hotel on Friday night. Stinson had been sought on outstanding warrants for failure to pay restitution in a previous Bullitt County court case.
After he was caught, McGaha said he took law enforcement officials on a tour of robbery locations.
During the interview, which McGaha said Stinson admitted his guilt, he told investigators that he would quickly sell the televisions at places like yard sales.
It was then that Stinson told McGaha about getting the idea of the thefts during his visit to an RV show in Louisville.
Targets in Bullitt County included Right Stop RV, just south of Highway 245, Tinker Toys and Sunrise RV, both in Hillview, and a storage facility which housed RVs off Becnel Lane and Preston Highway.
Both Louisville Metro and the sheriff’s department had DNA and fingerprint samples matching Stinson to the crimes.
“It’s a big ring to break up,” said McGaha.
While the investigation continues and more charges are likely, McGaha estimated the damages were well over $10,000.
In Bullitt County, McGaha said over 20 counts of theft by unlawful taking had been charged. Each carries a penalty of 1-5 years in prison for the Class D felonies.
Hillview police are also still investigating the case for the break-ins at the two locations in the city limits.
Louisville Metro would also be charging Stinson with theft charges and Nelson County also has pending charges due to actions during the arrest.
Bond was set at $25,000 cash for Stinson, who is now in the Bullitt County Detention Center.
Also arrested in Bardstown was his wife, Crystal Stinson, 27, who was wanted for warrants from other agencies. She is also being held in the Bullitt County Detention Center.