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Property recovered, but search continues for bad check writer

As law enforcement continues to search for a Garrard County man accused of passing bad checks throughout the region, officers recovered about $24,000 in stolen property from the suspect’s home.

Police throughout central Kentucky are looking for William Steele, who is suspected in writing bad checks for zero-turn lawn mowers and other equipment. According to the Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office, Steele then sells the items for cash.

Friday, the JCSO said detectives recently executed a search warrant at Steele’s home. Inside, they recovered stolen property valued at more than $24,000.

The sheriff’s office is also looking for a Hustler Fastrrac 60 zero-turn mower, according to a Facebook post.

JCSO Lt. Anthony Purcell said previously he was aware of Steele writing one check in Jessamine County to but a mower earlier this month. Steele is also believed to have written similar checks in Winchester, Bardstown, Lexington and Beattyville. The total amount of stolen property was estimated at $30,000, he said.

Anyone with information on the mower or Steele is asked to call the Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office at 885-9512.

About Fred Petke

Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email fred.petke@bluegrassnewsmedia.com or call 859-759-0051.

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