A car thief from Red Boiling Springs has been given a six-year sentence for stealing a woman’s vehicle from a store on West Green Hill Road.
The defendant, Barry Gibbs, 31, entered a guilty plea before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to the charge of felony theft. He was ordered to serve 147 days of a six-year sentence and was sentenced as a repeat offender due to his prior criminal record. He was also directed to make restitution to the victim.
Investigators say Gibbs was apparently playing musical cars with stolen autos when he swapped the stolen car he had taken from near his home in Red Boiling Springs for one he found in the parking lot of Owen’s Market on Green Hill Road in Warren County.
The victim in the case said she had parked her 1996 Toyota Tercel outside the market and had just been inside the store for two minutes when she emerged to find it missing. However, in its place was a 2001 Ford F150 which the clerk at the store said he saw driven into the parking lot by a mysterious man. The clerk said the man never came into the store and was no longer outside when the car was discovered missing.
A quick run of the truck tag revealed it had been stolen from Red Boiling Springs.
Later that same day, local authorities received a call from Alexandria lawmen advising they were in pursuit of the stolen Toyota. When the driver was caught, his description matched the description the clerk had of the mysterious man he saw in the parking lot.