A Bowling Green business owner was arrested Thursday after an investigation linked him to several items of stolen machinery locally and from other states.
According to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, investigators identified Douglas Burd as a person in possession of numerous stolen items and executed a search warrant at Burd’s residence on Goss Parrish Road.
The Kentucky secretary of state’s website lists Burd as manager of Southern Kentucky Affordable Heat and Air.
At the address, law enforcement located a Kawasaki Mule reported stolen from Western Kentucky University, a Cat skid steer loader reported stolen from Springfield, Tenn., two tractors reported stolen from Logan and Simpson counties and a John Deere mini-excavator reported stolen from Franklin, Ind.
Several other large items that had VIN numbers removed or altered were also seized by police, according to the sheriff’s office.
The items recovered in the investigation totaled $203,800, according to the sheriff’s office.
Burd, 56, has been charged with fraudulent insurance acts ($10,000 or more but less than $1 million), five counts of receiving stolen property valued at $10,000 or more, receiving stolen property valued at $500 or more but less than $10,000, obscuring the identity of a machine ($10,000 or more) and obscuring the identity of a machine (more than $500 but less than $10,000).
Online Warren County Regional Jail records show Burd was arrested by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and his bond was set at $200,000 cash.
Burd was arraigned Friday in Warren District Court and has a preliminary hearing set for Monday.
The sheriff’s office was assisted at the scene by the Western Kentucky University Police Department, Bowling Green Police Department, Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, Franklin, Ind. Police Department, Kentucky Department of Insurance and Felts Towing.