Man charged after Eastern Kentucky crime spree

Gary Joshua Mills
Gary Joshua Mills Knox County jail

The man who police suspect committed a string of vehicle thefts in Eastern Kentucky was arrested Tuesday by Knox County sheriff’s deputies and state troopers.

Gary Joshua Mills, 27, faces 11 charges, including first-degree robbery and wanton endangerment, according to the Knox County jail website.

The spree began Sunday morning in Harlan County, when Kentucky State Police received a report of a stolen 2010 Ford Mustang, police said. A trooper spotted the Mustang in Bell County and attempted to stop the vehicle.

The mustang then sped off and the trooper lost sight of it, according to state police. The car was later discovered abandoned, and police returned it to the owner.

Later that morning, police received a report of a strong-arm robbery near where the abandoned car was found, according to state police.

A homeowner told police that a man had kicked in her back door and demanded her purse and her car keys, according to state police. The man then drove off in the woman’s Chevrolet Impala.

The Impala was later found abandoned in an ATV park in Bell County, according to state police. The suspect was then identified by a tip called in to police.

Since his arrest Tuesday, Mills has been in the Knox County jail, according to state police. When he was arrested, a stolen Polaris ATV was recovered, police said.

In addition to the first-degree robbery and first-degree wanton endangerment charges, Mills faces three counts of fleeing or evading police, reckless driving, disregarding a stop sign, operating an ATV on a roadway, receiving stolen property and theft, according to the Knox County jail website.