Deputies: Man with scanner, light bar and police type cage divider in car is charged with receiving stolen radar

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – While a Warren County Sheriff’s deputy was investigating a separate incident Wednesday, the deputy gained information about a stolen radar.

Joseph Earl Nearn, 27, of Scottsville, is accused of having the radar in his possession before trading it to someone who sold it to a Christian County constable, according to his Wednesday arrest citation. The radar is valued at $1,495. He was charged with receiving stolen property.

Nearn was charged last month with improper use of red lights, possession of a radio that sends or receives police messages and improper sound device when another deputy pulled him over on Ky. 185 and noted that he had a light bar in his back window, spotlights, multiple antennas and a police-type cage divider between the front and rear seats, according to the arrest citation in that incident.

Nearn told the deputy during that stop that he was authorized to have red lights. The deputy noted Nearn is not a first responder. In addition to the light bar, the deputy found a police radio and a working siren box inside Nearn’s vehicle, according to his arrest citation.

He was lodged Wednesday, on the new charge, in the Warren County Regional Jail. His bond is set at $1,000.