Constable’s office recovers stolen trailer near Tarkington

A 16-foot box trailer was recovered from a property off of CR 2306 in north Liberty County near Tarkington.

Acting on a tip Tuesday, Feb. 5, Liberty County Pct. 5 Constable David Hunter and Deputy Constable Brian Bortz went to a home on Gaylor Lake off of CR 2306 in a community known as Cypress Lakes South and recovered a box trailer that was stolen out of Montgomery County.

“What caught our attention is that the trailer was at a home where it looked out of place,” Hunter said.

Upon closer inspection, they discovered the 2017 16-foot Big Chief aluminum box trailer was missing its license plate and the vehicle identification number reportedly had been filed off.

“We questioned the female resident and she told us she didn’t know who brought the trailer to her house and she didn’t know who it belonged to,” Hunter said.

The recovered trailer was hauled from the scene by Smith Towing of Cleveland and stored until authorities can determine if it should be returned to its owner or an insurance company.

“It will eventually go back to its owner unless the insurance has already paid out for the theft,” Hunter said.

Even though the trailer was not stolen in the Tarkington area, the constable believes the thieves might be connected to other crimes in the area.

“This is a small dent in an ongoing investigation into all the stolen property in the Tarkington area,” he said.

No arrest has been made at this time but police have identified some persons of interest.

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