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Search for suspect ends in Kentucky

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By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A man wanted in connection with the breaking and entering at Patton Motorcycle Sales in the Fairview community of Grayson County, Va., last month turned himself in after leading police on a wild chase.

According to The Shelbyville News — in Shelbyville, Ind. — a Shelby County SWAT team was called out July 7 after an armed suspect — later identified as Kenneth Frank Kipp, 34, of Elkin, N.C. — had fled on foot from police after being involved in a home invasion and attempted robbery.

The newspaper said the episode began around 10:15 p.m. when a complainant called police to report a white, shirtless man with several tattoos had fled on a “racing-style” motorcycle.

The paper reported the caller saying Kipp could have been injured because, “he was struck with a shovel during the altercation.”

The complainant also told police the suspect was armed with either a handgun or a silver impact wrench.

Kipp fled the scene driving the 2004 Yamaha 1000 CC R-1 motorcycle stolen from Patton Motorcycle Sales.

According to the paper, a search perimeter was set up and at one point an officer patrolling the area spotted Kipp, who had wrecked the motorcycle and run into the nearby fields.

Canine units were brought in from surrounding areas while deputies searched the area for Kipp.

The paper said the motorcycle was “rendered inoperable.”

Authorities were able to locate the suspect through the use of his cell phone around 11:20 p.m., but while on the way to the location where he was thought to have been, police received another call saying he was in a person’s backyard two houses down from the original location.

Later that night, police received another call saying a man had been spotted in his yard, while another said they saw a man run across the interstate after midnight and hide under a tractor trailer.

According to Grayson Sheriff Richard Vaughan, Kipp turned himself in to authorities in Louisville, Ky., Friday morning.

Kipp faces charges in Indiana of burglary causing bodily injury, robbery causing bodily injury, two counts of burglary, attempted theft and fleeing law enforcement.

In Virginia, Kipp faces one count of breaking and entering, grand larceny and destruction of property.

Kipp and his brother, Joshua Dean Kipp, 33, of Galax are both charged in connection with the breaking and entering at Patton’s on the night of June 10. Joshua Kipp was arrested shortly after the break-in and charged with one count each of breaking and entering, grand larceny and destruction of property.

Authorities allege the two men broke into Patton’s and stole a 2004 Dodge Dakota pickup truck — later recovered at a “chop shop” in Durham, N.C. — as well as the motorcycle, two helmets and a license plate.