Theft ring broke into more than 100 vehicles in Franklin County

Justin Hendershot
Justin Hendershot

A group of thieves stole all kinds of items from vehicles in multiple counties, then sold many of them at a yard sale, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said.

One person has been arrested, and more arrests are expected.

Melton said the thieves drove through neighborhoods in an SUV, with one person standing on the running boards on each side. The SUV would stop, and the thieves would jump off and check whether vehicles parked in driveways were locked, he said.

“They were very, very efficient in what they did,” Melton said in an interview Thursday night.

The items taken included phones, guns, power tools and more.

“We’ve got a little bit of everything,” Melton said.

He said there are “probably 100 cases” in Franklin and Anderson counties, and more cases that might be related in Scott and Shelby counties.

“It’s a huge case,” he said.

Acting together on tips they had received, Lawrenceburg police and Franklin County deputies arrested Justin Hendershot, 20, of Frankfort, on Monday.

Hendershot was being held Thursday in the Franklin County jail on a charge of receiving stolen property.

At least two juveniles are also thought to have been involved, the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post.

For the past two weekends, a yard sale was held at Hendershot’s home on Schenkel Lane in Frankfort, where the thieves soldsome of what they had taken, Melton said. Now, the sheriff is asking anyone who bought items there to bring them in to the sheriff’s office.

“If it felt like they were too good to be true, it probably was,” he said.

He said deputies have been busy cataloging items and trying to figure out who they might belong to. In addition to stolen items found at Hendershot’s home, two shotguns and a rifle were found hidden under a porch at a home on Landings Drive in Frankfort, the sheriff’s office said in the social media post.

Melton said anyone who has had items stolen from a vehicle should contact his office at 502-875-8740.