Theft of Memorabilia from Coke Plant

Time: 10:47 a.m.
Date: Friday, Jan. 20, 2017
Location: Various
Suspect: Christopher W. Rowell, 29, of the 200 block of Cumberland Avenue, arrested on charges of felony theft by unlawful taking (more than $500 but less than $10,000), carrying a concealed deadly weapon, receiving stolen property worth less than $10,000 and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon

A McCracken County man was arrested on charges he stole items of Coca-Cola memorabilia from the old Coca-Cola plant at 3121 Broadway while working as a painter there.

Christopher Black of Ray Black & Sons called police on Thursday and said he had been contacted by a man whom he sometimes contracts to do painting work on construction jobs. The man told him that he had received a tip that one of his workers had stolen various items of memorabilia while working inside the old Coca-Cola plant.

Police went to the home of the worker, Christopher W. Rowell, in the 200 block of Cumberland Avenue. There they found multiple items taken from the Coca-Cola building. Rowell was located on Lakewood Drive and was taken into custody. In his possession, detectives found a knife and a .22-caliber revolver. Rowell is a convicted felon and thereby prohibited from possessing a firearm.

Detectives obtained search warrants and searched Rowell’s van and storage unit, and recovered other items stolen from the Coca-Cola building. Total value of the stolen items was estimated at $500.

Rowell was booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.