By Michael R. Moser
Acting on an anonymous telephone tip, Cumberland County sheriff’s investigators have recovered thousands in stolen property and are now being joined by state investigators who are trying to determine if an interstate theft ring is involved. No arrests have been made as the probe continues.
On April 19, the District Attorney’s Office received an anonymous tip on their answering machine that some stolen property could be found at a residence off the 5000 block of Hwy. 70 E. Investigators David Gibson and Scott Griffin responded to the call and met with the homeowner who gave the officers permission to search the premises.
During the resulting investigation, the deputies learned that several items had been brought to the residence by a third party and had been left. They included a skid steer, camper trailer, two golf carts and flatbed trailer.
Investigators found that the vehicle identification number (VIN) had been removed from the skid steer as well as from a camper. The flatbed trailer was identified and a check through a national crime data base showed the trailer had been reported stolen from Rome, GA, in 2012.
State investigators were called in to assist in identifying the equipment and other items, and it was determined that the 28-foot camping trailer had been stolen from Camping World in East Ridge in 2007.
State investigators determined the skid steer had been reported stolen in Cartersville, GA. A track hoe reportedly had been stolen in Rome, GA, in 2012.
Several items were seized by the sheriff’s department until ownership could be determined. The camper trailer, track hoe and skid steer have a total value of $75,000.
Investigation is continuing.