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Man wrecks SUV stolen from a Bullitt County elementary school

Larry Martin (Source: LMDC) Larry Martin (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – After being involved in a wreck, a Louisville man was arrested when police realized the vehicle he was driving was stolen.

According to Lt. Mike Murdock of the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office, the incident started Pleasant Grove Elementary School in Mt. Washington. A woman had arranged to meet a person there to sell a shirt she listed on a Facebook yard sale page. During that meeting, Murdock said Larry Martin, 43, pulled a handgun and stole the woman's 2005 Chevy Trailblazer.

An iPhone belonging to the vehicle's owner was inside the SUV. About two hours after the theft of the vehicle Bullitt County dispatchers were able to track the phone to an area near the Louisville Zoo. Murdock said a Bullitt County deputy was sent to the area to look for the vehicle and observed Louisville Metro Police at an accident scene with an overturned vehicle at Bardstown Road at Lowell Avenue that matched the stolen SUV. The deputy made a positive ID of the stolen vehicle and alerted LMPD officers.

Metro police sent officers to University Hospital to hold Martin and the passenger, Sarah L. Puckett, 33, until they could be interviewed by Bullitt County deputies. Martin gave deputies an audio recorded confession admitting to the crime. Murdock said Puckett still had the stolen iPhone, along with the victim's drivers license, credit cards and purse with her at the hospital.

LMPD charged Martin with driving on a suspended license, failure to own insurance, criminal mischief and receiving stolen property. Charges against Puckett were not immediately available.

According to Murdock, both will be charged in Bullitt County with robbery.

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