Humphreys County officials issue warning about buying trailers

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HUMPHREYS COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Humphreys County Sheriff is asking people across Middle Tennessee to be careful when buying trailers, especially online.

He said he’s working with several agencies after many have been stolen recently and resold.

“It doesn’t take long to steal a truck,” said Lt. Clay Anderson. “It’s almost like a weekly occurrence right now.”

Anderson said at least 14 trailers have been stolen in the past three months.

“I just balled like a baby,” said Suzie Hargrove, who described her reaction when she found out someone took two of her trailers from her farm in Humphreys County. “One of them was like $3,700 and the other one was a little over $3,000.”

Lt. Anderson said thieves target trailers because they are expensive, but it’s hard to trace them because serial numbers are often scratched off or filed. Anyone who wants to buy a trailer should look out for warning signs, especially online.

“If there is a void where a serial number should be, that should be a clue, and you know the price is too good to be true. Spend $300 for a trailer that’s worth $1,500, something’s just not right there,” explained Lt. Anderson.

Hargrove said she’s taking precautions to make sure she’s not targeted again.

“I’ll definitely have mine locked up and definitely have cameras on them,” she said.

Humphreys County is working with Dickson and Hickman counties and Gallatin police, who have all seen an increase in stolen trailers.

According to Lt. Anderson, officials have recovered three stolen trailers and the person who allegedly stole them confessed. He said detectives are still looking for all the other stolen trailers and the people responsible. They are offering a reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office at 931- 296-2301.

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