247 stolen Bitcoin machines from Kentucky recovered in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE — Baton Rouge police have recovered 247 Bitcoin mining machines stolen from Kentucky.

Police report that the machines, along with four Honda UTVs stolen from Washington, were found during a sting operation at an abandoned facility on Sharp Road on Monday.

Mohammed Khaled, 37, was arrested and charged with illegal possession of stolen property. He has been booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.

The Bitcoin mining machines were stolen from McKee, Kentucky, a small town southeast of Lexington. The UTVs were stolen from Sumner, Washington, a city near Tacoma. The total value of the recovered machines and UTVs is approximately $850,000, making it one of the largest single-property recoveries by the BRPD Burglary Division, police said.

A booking photo was not provided due to Act No. 494, which places restrictions on mugshots released to the media for most offenses with exceptions for certain violent crimes.

Police say their investigation is still ongoing.

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