Dec 5, 2012 11:26 AM
A long-time employee of Harris Farms in Carroll County was arrested this week after suspicions that he was stealing from the company were confirmed by one of the owners and reported to police.
Juan Carlos Perez, 34, of Carrollton, was arrested and charged with theft by unlawful taking over $10,000. Police say Heath Harris, an owner of Harris Farms, went to see Perez because he was leaving the company after 13 years of employment to return to Mexico. Harris told police that Perez was very nervous when he was speaking to Harris, and would not let him in the home. Harris was suspicious that Perez had been taking items from the business, so he left the home but stayed on the property and watched Perez.
Police say Harris said he saw Perez loading tools into his truck and car, and Harris then called the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. A Carroll County deputy, Kentucky State Police trooper and a Carrollton Police Department officer all responded. Perez was still loading the items when police arrived.
Police say Perez was loading things in his truck to go to Mexico. The items included boxes full of tools, a cooler full of tools, a weedeater, a chainsaw, miscellaneous hand tools and power tools as well as cleaning supplies. Police say they believe Perez had been accumulating the items for up to two years.
Police recovered a large amount of tools and impounded a 1997 Ford Ranger and a 2002 Ford Mustang convertible. Police say Perez was planning to drive the truck to Mexico while a friend would drive the car. The other person was not charged and is not believed to be involved.
Perez is being held in the Carroll County Detention Center.