DOUGLAS, GA (WALB) - After a string of utility trailer thefts in Coffee County and Bacon County, Detectives with the Coffee County Sheriff's Office and Bacon County Sheriff's Office teamed up to solve the crimes, and stop them.
As they worked the case, they developed evidence that pointed to Jim Stacey Davis, 41, of 251 Bo Lane, in Douglas, Coffee Co. Sheriff Doyle Wooten said.
Nicholls Police Chief Jamie Merritt saw Davis' vehicle and performed a traffic stop. Davis was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant. Investigators were then able to recover 18 stolen utility trailers,13 of those trailers from Coffee County.
Investigators have been able to identify the owners of the recovered trailers and will begin returning them to their owners this week.
Davis is in the Bacon County jail and will be transferred to Coffee County where he will face Additional Theft and Theft by Deception Charges.
Sheriff Wooten says it's easy for crooks to steal trailers, and you should either chain the trailers to a fixed object or put coupler locks on the trailer, or both. Most utility trailers do not have a serial number stamped into the frame, but a sticker on a plate, that is riveted or screwed on.
The crook can remove them, but having the serial number stamped or welded on the trailer makes it harder to hide.
Without the serial number, police cannot determine if trailer has been stolen, and a criminal can claim it is homemade, and get a title for it.