Stolen FEMA trailer found
Camper had been earmarked for Louisiana hurricane survivors
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

A confidential tip Thursday resulted in the recovery of a travel trailer stolen from the Sherman area. The trailer was one of several which FEMA had prepared to ship to Louisiana for occupancy by hurricane survivors. Pictured with the $21,000 trailer Friday morning are Chief Sheriff's Deputy Rickey Morgan and Chief Investigator Andy Chester.
Staff Photo By Angela Pitts

Feb. 24, 2006 -- In recent months Hopkins County sheriff's deputies have recovered a number of stolen items, but none quite as expensive or valuable to the intended recipient as Thursday night's find.

Hopkins County Sheriff's Investigators Lewis Tatum and Jace Anglin received a tip from a confidential informant around 5:30 p.m. Thursday about a travel trailer. The informant suspected the trailer to be one of the portable trailers designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for occupancy by Louisiana hurricane survivors, HCSO Chief Deputy Rickey Morgan said Friday.

The investigators and deputy Ron England followed up on the tip by going to the FM 2297 property where the travel trailer was located. After obtaining the vehicle identification number for the one-bedroom, 29-foot travel trailer it was run through local and state data banks for stolen articles.

The computer check verified that the $21,000 "North Trailer" camper had been entered by authorities as a FEMA trailer which had been stolen from a lot in the Sherman area, according to Morgan.

At that point the sheriff's officers worked to make the trailer mobile, as the tires had been removed from beneath it. Tatum and England removed the trailer from the property and hauled it to Hopkins County Sheriff's Office shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday, the investigator said.

No arrests had been made in connection with the case as of Friday morning, but the case is still under investigation by sheriff's officers.

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