Stolen trailer recovered, 2 Ark. men arrested Tuesday

By FAITH HUFFMAN | News-Telegram Crime Reporter

Dec. 5, 2007 - Two men were taken in custody Tuesday afternoon on felony theft charges, after they were found with a stolen trailer. They later admitted to taking the $5,000 gooseneck equipment from Rockwall County Monday night.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Investigator Lewis Tatum sizes up the stolen 32 foot gooseneck trailer recovered yesterday morning.

The arrest and recovery came as a result of a “joint investigation by Sulphur Springs-Hopkins County Special Crimes Unit and Hopkins County sheriff’s investigators” regarding the possible location of a trailer reported to have been stolen between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday from Rockwall County.

SCU jumped on the information, and Hopkins County Sheriff’s Investigators Lewis Tatum and Jace Anglin went to the 600 block of Jefferson Street, where indeed the stolen 32 foot gooseneck trailer was found at 11 a.m. Tuesday. In possession of the trailer was a pair of brothers from Garfield, Ark., 48-year-old James B. Corley and 50-year-old Billy Mike Corley. Northeast Texas Auto Theft Task Force Investigators Jeremy Massey and Haskell Maroney, already in town assisting on another case, were contacted to assist.

�The trailer was recovered by sheriff�s and auto task force investigators, and the pair was taken into custody for suspicion of theft. Each admitted to investigators upon being interviewed regarding the recovered trailer that he had removed it from Rockwall County between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Monday without the owner�s consent, according to arrest reports. Both James and Billy Corley were arrested at noon on the felony theft charge and booked into jail.

The recovery was the second made by local officials Tuesday. The two cases are thought at this point to be unrelated.

Around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, Game Warden Sean Reneau responded on County Road 2389, just off State Highway 11 east in Pickton, to a report of suspected poaching. Upon arrival, Reneau ask dispatchers to run a check on the license plate for a silver dodge pickup at the location. A records search showed the pickup to be the $31,535 silver 2003 model Dodge 2500 quad cab truck reported stolen from a residence on State Highway 11 east near Como-Pickton school around 8:30 p.m. Monday.

The owner had filed a report after discovering the his truck, which he’d left running while inside his son’s SH 11 east residence, was no longer on the property.

Tatum responded to assist in recovering the vehicle, and contacted the Northeast Texas Auto Theft Task Force. The investigation into the truck theft was ongoing into the day Tuesday.

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