MAYFIELD, Ky. (January 11, 2023) – Kentucky State Police (KSP), Post 1 received a call from the owner of an equipment rental business in Mayfield on December 19, 2022 reporting the theft of a skid steer. The business owner advised that he rented a skid steer to an individual on December 12 with an expected return date of December 19. When the business owner contacted the individual for an estimated return time on December 19, the suspect reportedly claimed that the skid steer was stolen from an address in Paducah on the night of December 18; however, GPS tracking indicates the skid steer was taken to Blytheville, AR by December 13. The skid steer has been recovered from Blytheville, AR where it is believed it had been sold by the suspect who had rented it.
The suspect provided a false out-of-state identification to the business in Mayfield in order to rent the skid steer. The name he used was Mark Afanasev. While this identity has been determined to be a false identity, the picture used on the false identification is believed to be a real picture of the suspect. See attached image for the photo of the suspect.
The suspect was last seen operating an approximately 2014-2018 year model dark green Chevrolet Silverado four door pickup truck.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact KSP Post 1 by calling (270)856-3721. The investigation is ongoing by Trooper Rice.
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KSP Headquarters
919 Versailles Road
Frankfort, KY 40601
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