Thursday, March 17, 2011
Stolen truck recovered
By SUE WATSON
The tractor of an 18-wheeler rig was recovered last week near the Mississippi/Alabama line off U.S. 78, according to Marshall County Sheriff Kenny Dickerson.
The rig, stolen February 4 from a truck stop in Slayden, was recovered March 8, he said.
Robert Copeland, the owner, parked his 18-wheeler at the Slayden Truck Stop on Highway 72 to overnight it, and walked across the road to his home. The next morning at about 4:55, he returned to get in his truck and deliver a load of cable on his flatbed, and found the truck missing, the sheriff said.
Copeland reported his missing tractor and trailer to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office and the vehicle was listed with the National Crime Information Center as stolen.
Investigators were later called that the truck was found sitting at an abandoned truck stop near Alabama. The trailer with its rolls of cable was missing.
Dickerson sent investigators to recover the truck and it was towed back to Marshall County, where officers with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Crime Scene Unit, came to the sheriff’s department and processed the truck for fingerprints and DNA. A receipt for fuel and other evidence indicated the tractor and trailer, verified by mileage, had gone directly to the stop where the tractor was found.
The Utility flatbed, 1996 model, is not tagged. Anyone with information on the trailer and rolls of cable is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-729-2169.
In another case, Anthony Wilson, 24, of Montgomery, Ala., pled guilty to conspiracy and to armed robbery with a deadly weapon in the June 16, 2010, holdup of Dollar General in Potts Camp, according to circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter. Judge Robert Elliott sentenced Wilson, who was indicted on two counts in January this year, to 20 years imprisonment on each count, she said. The sentences run concurrently. Wilson was sentenced to five years post-release supervision.
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