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Sheriff looking into thefts

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Trailers missing in recent weeks

By Brandon Mattingly

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is looking into a series of stolen trailers within the last month, and the thefts are beginning to look like a trend.

The problem hasn’t been specific to Washington County, however, as trailers have also been reported stolen in Nelson County and the surrounding area.

The first incident locally was reported on May 19, when Aaron and Pam Giles of Blue Heron Way in Willisburg informed police that a 5x10 trailer and a Gorilla wagon were taken from their residence. The report states that the trailer went missing between May 16 and 19, with the wagon being stolen two weeks prior.

David Bodine of Hays Lane in Willisburg informed police that his storage building was broken into on May 28. Bodine told authorities that an 8x10 trailer was missing. It was also found that the culprits removed a washer, dryer and refrigerator from the trailer and loaded up a four-wheeler, air compressor and power washer, all of which were taken in the burglary.
The third incident was an attempted theft that occurred on Mt. Zion Road in Springfield and was reported by Harvey Blankenship.

Blankenship arrived to his property to find items that belong to him — a small trailer and a Koehler generator — sitting just inside the locked gate. The items had been moved from their stored location and it appeared the culprits were unable to get the items through the locked gate.

Footprints were found at the scenes on Hays Lane and Mt. Zion Road and taken by the sheriff’s office for comparison.

The sheriff’s office also noted that another incident involving a stolen trailer has been reported in the Lincoln Park area, but that the report is yet to be finalized.

Anyone with any information about the trailer thefts is asked to contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at (859) 336-5400.