Car shopper stops theft

Nathan Hall and Christine Tackett

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A car shopper didn’t find a surprise under the hood, but under the car. As a result, a Floyd County couple now faces felony theft charges.

Just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, the shopper stopped to look at a car for sale that had been left in the Pikeville Walmart parking lot, but called police after noticing sparks coming from beneath the vehicle and someone lying underneath.

As investigating officers approached, they saw Nathan Hall, 33, of Weeksbury, quickly emerge from under the car and stand next to another nearby car. Christine Tackett, 33, also of Weeksbury, was sitting in the driver’s seat of the other car.

The officer noticed that Hall appeared nervous and there was a grinder saw in the passenger seat. Looking underneath the car for sale, he saw that the catalytic converter had been completely cut free on one side.

Hall and Tackett were arrested and charged with theft and criminal mischief.