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One in custody after peanut trailer theft operation shut down

Jarrod Trulock is facing charges in at least five south Georgia counties. Jarrod Trulock is facing charges in at least five south Georgia counties.
THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) -

A multi-county peanut trailer theft operation has been shut down, but there could be more victims who haven't come forward.

Now a Grady County man is charged with stealing dozens of trailers and selling them for scrap.

Jarrod Trulock is facing charges in at least five south Georgia counties. Investigators say he stole dozens of peanut trailers.

"The count right now is between 35 and 40 trailers," said Thomas County Sheriff's Captain Steve Jones.

Thomas County investigators started getting calls about peanut trailers disappearing from lots, like 4 Corners Gin in Meigs. They say it had been going on for several weeks.

In some cases it took days before the owners or renters realized the trailers were missing. Investigators say Spurlock hauled off the trailers and sold them for scrap at a metal recycling facility in Colquitt County.

"At first he was bringing in junk. He could barely get them into the recycle yard, said Captain Jones. "Then the quality kept getting better and better. Then a red flag finally went up."

Deputies arrested Trulock at his Grady County home after the recycler finally tipped off law officers.

"I was surprised that a red flag didn't come up a lot sooner at the recycling yard," recalled Jones. "Everybody is trying to make  money but eventually there needs to be some accountability,"

Trulock is in the Decatur County Jail awaiting transfer to Thomas County where he faces a host of charges. But investigators say the number of charges against him could increase as more people realize their trailer may have also been stolen.

Investigators currently think Trulock stole trailers in Thomas, Brooks, Mitchell, Colquitt, and Grady Counties.

If you have any information that could help investigators, contact the Thomas County Sheriff's Office at 229-225-3300.

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