Thursday, November 4, 2010
Trailer theft ring busted
By SUE WATSON
A four-county investigation has led to the arrest of one suspect and the recovery of 30 of 40 or so stolen trailers taken from residences in Marshall and DeSoto counties, Shelby County, Tenn., and Fayette County, Tenn., according to sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
Jimmie Lee Rook, 44, of the 2700 block of Highway 306 East in Colt, Ark., was arrested in Marshall County upon a tip from Fayette County, Tenn., authorities, who provided a description of a vehicle thought to have been used in multiple trailer thefts in the region, the sheriff said.
Officer Scott Johnson spotted the vehicle going south on Highway 309 and turned on his emergency lights and signals attempting to stop the vehicle. The driver refused to stop and pulled into a location on Highway 302 where he abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot, Dickerson said.
The suspect was captured by a citizen in the area who made a citizen’s arrest.
Rook was taken into custody and questioned about the multiple thefts of trailers in Shelby, Fayette, DeSoto and Marshall counties.
“Through our investigation and with the help from the suspect, we were able to determine that about 40 trailers were stolen,” the sheriff said. “The suspect also cooperated and took us to multiple locations where about 30 of the trailers were recovered.”
Rook remains in jail charged with multiple counts of grand larceny and is being held on $20,000 bond, the sheriff said.
In an unrelated incident, two individuals have been arrested and charged in connection to a house fire in the Waterford area.
Shawn Webb, 22, of CR401 in Oxford and Terria Wimberly, 37, of the 1100 block of Bethlehem Road near Waterford, were arrested in Gulfport Thursday, Oct. 18, and were transported back to Marshall County Saturday, Nov. 30, Dickerson said.
During the investigation of a fire at the Bethlehem Road address, state and local authorities collected evidence leading to the arrest of the two suspects, he said.
Webb was charged with arson and Wimberly was charged with conspiracy to commit arson, the sheriff said.
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