Bell Co. Judge Executive's car stolen and burned in broad daylig

Bell Co. Judge Executive's car stolen and burned in broad daylight

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The burned out remains of the Jeep Patriot. The burned out remains of the Jeep Patriot.
"No, I'm not going to do anything any differently. Let's put it this way: if it was a threat, it won't work," Judge Executive Albey Brock stated. "No, I'm not going to do anything any differently. Let's put it this way: if it was a threat, it won't work," Judge Executive Albey Brock stated.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

PINEVILLE, Ky. (WATE) - The Bell County, Ky. judge executive's county vehicle was stolen and set on fire, all in broad daylight.

It all happened last Wednesday, in the span of about two hours, around noon.

Now all that remains is a charred car frame and a lot of questions.

Judge Executive Albey Brock was at a meeting after lunch Wednesday when he got an alarming phone call.

"Got a call when I was in a meeting at the Chamber of Commerce after lunch that, checking to see if I was okay, because my vehicle was in flames on an abandoned strip road," Brock explained.

The Jeep Patriot is completely burned inside and out.

It had county logos on the front, back and sides, some of which are still partially visible.

Not only was Brock's vehicle well-marked with county insignia, it was also parked in his designated parking space, right in front of the Bell County Courthouse.

"I was shocked to say the least, considering the location, where it's at, and the time of day. There are a lot of people around the courthouse, so you know, that took quite a bit of guts or foolishness, one of the two, to get in that vehicle," Brock added.

The sheriff's office is working the case, and has gotten about twenty tips so far.

"There is no motive that we can find, no motive that we've run down yet that can link the burning of the vehicle to something that Albey Brock, the judge executive, has done," said Sheriff's Deputy B. J. Brock.

Still, Judge Executive Brock says he's not letting it get to him.

"No, I'm not going to do anything any differently. Let's put it this way: if it was a threat, it won't work," Judge Executive Brock stated.

Deputies say they do have more leads to track down and some possible suspects.

If you have any information about this crime to call the Bell County Sheriff's Office at (606) 337-3102.

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