Press Release

Whitley County Sheriff Dept.

Around 5:30 a.m. August 28, 2016, Deputy Brian Hensley responded to a suspicious person complaint near the High Top boat ramp parking area.

Dep. Hensley made contact with Isiah C. Canada, 29, of the Woodbine community. Canada initially claimed ownership of a vehicle that was determined to not belong to him. While continuing the investigation, Dep. Hensley was approached by a man who said he had been robbed at knife point.

The victim provided a physical description that matched Canada’s appearance. The victim also described items taken from him, including a cell phone, keys and his shoes. Fuses were also removed from the vehicle’s fuse box. Dep. Hensley found some of those items in Canada’s possession, including fuses.

As the investigation continued, a man told Dep. Hensley that his vehicle had been broken into and items were missing. One of the items was also determined to be in Canada’s possession. Also missing from the vehicle was the car’s battery, and a battery was located along the road.

Dep. Hensley was at the location for approximately four hours, and during that time a third person reported her vehicle had been broken into. Among the items missing were a cell phone and jewelry. Dep. Hensley found items matching the victim’s description in Canada’s possession.

Dep. Hensley also saw in the area a van with damage to the steering column consistent with attempted theft.

In Canada’s possession was a knife and a .25 caliber handgun.

Canada was arrested and is charged with first-degree robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, carrying a concealed weapon, tampering with physical evidence, attempted theft by unlawful taking of an automobile, first-degree criminal mischief, receiving stolen property under $500, and theft by unlawful taking of auto parts.

At this time, four vehicles were known to have been damaged. However, more damage and thefts could have occurred. Anybody with information or who had property damaged or stolen at or near the High Top boat ramp between August 27 and August 28, 2016 is asked to contact Whitley Co. E911 at (606) 549-6017.

Dep. Hensley is continuing the investigation. He was assisted by Dep. Joe Prewitt and Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Officer Tom Land.