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GPS locates stolen trailer

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A GPS system helped an Iowa truck-leasing firm find a stolen trailer in Thomasville.  

Thomasville Police arrested 35-year-old Joel Cooper of Midland, Florida  Monday night when they found the trailer hooked up to his semi truck parked on Passamore Street.

Cooper told police he bought the trailer a few days ago for $5,000, but it's a $200,000 trailer. He was arrested for receiving stolen property.

"Because they have GPS on all their trailers, they discovered that the trailer was actually moving when it wasn't supposed to be," said Thomasville Police Inv. Scott Newberry. "And they located it here in Thomasville where we went and made an arrest. And found the guy that had it hooked to his truck."  

The trailer was stolen on the 18th at a Virginia rest stop. Cooper was on his way to deliver flowers and plants to a nursery in Pennsylvania using the stolen trailer. Inside the refrigerated trailer is over $15,000 worth of plants.

The company that owns the trailer is picking it up and will finish Cooper's delivery.

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