Man in need of a ride pleads guilty to stealing cars

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By Molly Haines

N-H Staff Writer
An Owen County man recently pleaded guilty to stealing two vehicles on two separate occasions.
In a plea agreement reached in Owen Circuit Court, Thomas Williams, 34, pled guilty to stealing a silver 2008 Chevrolet pickup truck and a maroon 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck.
According to court documents, the 1997 red pickup was stolen from West Seminary Street in Owenton on March 1. The 2008 silver pickup was stolen from North Madison Street on March 8.
Williams told law enforcement that he saw the truck on West Seminary Street with the keys inside and decided to take it because he needed a ride to Grant County.
Williams drove the vehicle as far as he could before it ran out of gas and left it on the side of the interstate where it was later found.
The second vehicle was taken from Family Billiard’s Restaurant on North Madison Street after Williams saw the keys to the vehicle.
Williams drove the vehicle to Shelby County and dropped it off at a church parking lot in Cropper where it was later found.
According to the documents, Williams told police he wanted to go visit family in Shelby County, but no one would give him a ride.
Williams also told police that he only drove the vehicles and that he did not take anything from them and that he knew what he did was wrong and was sorry for taking the vehicles, but no one would help him.
Williams is expected to be formally sentenced at a later date.