UPDATED 2/10/14 -- Thomas Upton has been arrested. Click the link for details.
BOWLING GREEN, KY (WBKO) -- Police are warning all citizens in South Central Kentucky to not leave vehicles unlocked and unattended. A suspect has been identified in more than eight car thefts in our area. 31-year-old Thomas Upton has been stealing vehicles from Barren, Hart and Warren Counties.
“Mr. Upton is considered to be extremely dangerous and is possibly armed. We are asking people who may know him or see him, to contact Kentucky State Police. Do not try to apprehend him yourselves," said Trooper Biven, Kentucky State Police.
Kentucky State Police, Warren County Sheriff's Department and Barren County Sheriff's Department are all working together to catch this fugitive.
"He does have a tattoo on his upper left arm, as well as his back and on his right leg. He is classified as a white male, 6'1, 210 lbs., with blue eyes and brown hair," said Trooper Biven, Kentucky State Police.
Police do have a warrant for “fleeing and evading”.
"He's made several threats, he has actually ran from police. He does not want to be captured," said Trooper Biven, Kentucky State Police.
The pursuit happened after Upton stole a diesel truck from the South Gate Minit Mart, in Glasgow. The suspect drove off with the vehicle after it was left running and unattended in the parking lot.
"This is not something where he is taking the car and running to Tennessee or somewhere else to sell these vehicles as a stolen car. He's taking these vehicles and dropping them off in different locations," said Trooper Biven, Kentucky State Police.
We have learned Upton doesn't care about the joy ride. He is targeting anything with value, such as tools. Last week, Upton stole two service trucks from the County Barn in Barren County.
He got away with over $27,000 worth of tools and vandalized the trucks, inside and out.
"We found several hypodermic needles in this vehicle and in the back end of it was a partial meth lab, or at least they were materials used to make meth," Johnny Kinslow, County Road Supervisor.
Police believe he did have a partner in crime while fleeing with the trucks.
Officials say they have spoke to family members who he was staying with.
"Family basically tell us he is not there. They say they haven't had any contact with him. However, that is where one of the vehicles was recovered, in front of their his family's residence,” said Trooper Biven, Kentucky State Police.
Again, Police are urging citizens not to approach Thomas Upton, as they do believe he is armed and highly dangerous. If you know of his whereabouts, call Kentucky State Police, at 1-800-222-5555..