The Richmond Register

July 26, 2013

Car stolen during test drive lands man two years behind bars

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — A man who took a car on a multistate test drive earlier this year was sentenced Friday to two years in prison.

Edward O. Wardle, 49, of Lancaster Road, had earlier pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property (under $10,000) and attempted second-degree escape.

Wardle’s attorney made a plea for probation, but Madison Circuit Court Judge William G. Close denied the request.

On March 14, Richmond police were sent to the Kroger parking lot to investigate a report that a stolen 1998 Saturn was possibly in the area.
The officer saw the car matching the description with a man sitting inside. The vehicle had a Kentucky license plate that did not match the description of the stolen car, which prompted further investigation.
Wardle left the car, but he was detained shortly thereafter, according to the police report.
Wardle had stolen the vehicle Wednesday from an auto dealer in Picayune, Miss., the report stated.

Other people sentenced Friday in Madison Circuit Court were:

• Robert L. Gadd Jr., 38, five years in prison for theft by unlawful taking (more than $10,000).

• Eric Johnson, 31, four years in prison for two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (opiates).

• Justin T. Curtis, 23, two and a half years in prison for probation violation, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and second-degree possession of a controlled substance.

• Kimberly Lynn Abshear, 38, two years probated for two years under supervision for two counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

• Martez L. Reed, 23, two years diverted for two years under supervision for second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and two counts of trafficking in marijuana.

• Lilly M. Franz, 23, one year diverted for two years under supervision for first-degree possession of a controlled substance (opiates) and tampering with physical evidence.

• Kelly Ann Brown, 32, one year diverted for two years under supervision, first-degree promoting contraband.