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MC Sheriff's Office recovers large cache of stolen firearms buried in Yellowbank WMA woods

After arresting the two individuals accused of robbing and burning a Rhodelia cabin earlier this week, the Meade County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) returned to the Yellowbank Wildlife Management Area on Thursday, Aug. 18 as they began the process of recovering the items that were stolen. Deputies from the MCSO, Meade County Detention Center, Breckinridge County Sheriff’s Office, and Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife conducted an exhaustive search of Yellowbank WMA on Chenault Ln. in Breckinridge County.

Following a pursuit that occurred on Aug. 17 which resulted in the arrest of Corey Vatter, a vehicle recovery was conducted with assistance from KY Fish & Wildlife, after the vehicle Vatter attempted to evade arrest in became stuck in Yellowbank Creek. According to the MCSO, the vehicle was seized as evidence related to the arson and burglary that occurred on Aug. 4.

During the search on Thursday, officers recovered 15 of the firearms that were stolen from the cabin. The stolen guns, along with ammunition, had been buried in the woods on Yellowbank WMA’s Tract 2. Upon recovery, they were transported to the sheriff’s office.

“The activities conducted over the past two days were textbook interagency cooperation,” Meade County Sheriff Phillip Wimpee stated. “The efforts of the combined agencies were a testament to the dedication of the Meade County Sheriff’s Office and the surrounding county and city agencies to solve cases and apprehend criminals.”


Guns stolen from a residence on Rhodelia Road that were located buried on Yellowbank WMA.


Sheriff Phillip Wimpee stands watching the vehicle being recovered from the creek.