A Martin resident is facing several felony charges after allegedly stealing an automobile. 

Floyd County Sheriff Deputy Daren Lawson arrested Josh Akers, 21, of Click Branch in Martin, charging him with theft by unlawful taking (automobile), unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, public intoxication of a controlled substance, second-degree criminal mischief, possession of drug paraphernalia and theft of mail matter.

Lawson alleges in the citation that he was called to investigate a complaint of Akers “trying to break into vehicles” at Citizens Bank in New Allen last month. He claimed that he had received several anonymous tips about Akers driving a stolen vehicle that day. 

“Akers had a Red Mazda CR-V parked in the parking lot that he claimed was his,” Lawson wrote. “However, he did not have a key to the vehicle.” 

Lawson, who worked with Deputy Kevin Johnson during the investigation, reported that he contacted the owner of the vehicle who claimed it had been stolen that week.

Lawson reported that the vehicle had about $500 worth of damage, that Akers appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance and that several small plastic baggies and a “tooter straw” were found inside the vehicle, along with mail that did not belong to the vehicle’s owner or Akers. 

Akers entered a not guilty plea to the charges during an arraignment in Floyd District Court last week. District Judge Jimmy Marcum placed him under a $5,000 cash bond and scheduled a preliminary hearing for May 8. 

Another Floyd County resident was also recently charged during an investigation into a stolen vehicle. 

Steven Bryant 45, of Grethel, was arrested last week on one felony count of receiving stolen property valued at more than $10,000.

According to documents filed in that case by Kentucky State Police Trooper Shane Hurtt, Bryant was allegedly found to be in possession of a vehicle that had been reported stolen in West Virginia. 

Bryant was arraigned on that charge in Floyd District Court on Friday. Marcum placed him under a $10,000 partially secured bond and scheduled a preliminary hearing for May 8. 

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