Police thwart Crittenden auto theft

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Jonathon Clifton popped into Crittenden Chevron and when he went back outside a few minutes later, his Chevrolet Tahoe was gone.

Police have charged a Crittenden man and a man from Florida with theft by unlawful taking after the vehicle was stopped in Dry Ridge.

Clifton, of Crittenden, reported the SUV had been taken from the gas station at 11:34 p.m. on May 5.

A witness said he saw the vehicle heading south on Interstate-75.

Sgt. Robert Reed and Officer Steve Cornman of the Williamstown Police Department and Brian Maines of the Grant County Sheriff’s Department located the vehicle near the Dry Ridge exit.

Reed charged Leo Faust, 18, of Crittenden, and Anthony Martini, 18, of Orlando, Fla. They were lodged in the Grant County Detention Center.

Police said the pair admitted they took the vehicle to go to Florida to see a friend.

Martini also faces charges in Florida of felony battery and burglary. He was also charged in Grant County with not having an operator’s license.

Police suspect the pair were involved in a burglary in Kenton County. Additional charges may be filed.