HED:Suspected stolen items worth $20,000 found in probe of stolen truck

By Michaela Gibson Morris

Daily Journal

A truck reported stolen in 1981 has led investigators to more than $20,000 worth of suspected stolen items in Alcorn and Prentiss counties.

A man who just moved to Alcorn County from Wheeler has been charged with receiving stolen property, said Mississippi Highway Patrol Investigator Danny Beaver.

Alcorn County sheriff's deputies and dispatchers became curious after computer records failed to turn up a registration for a truck found stuck in a ditch Sunday anywhere in the United States, Beaver said. The truck was returned to the man who claimed it, but law enforcement officers kept investigating.

A search by the National Insurance Crime Bureau in Memphis revealed the truck had been reported stolen in 1981 in Alabama, Beaver said.

Alcorn County sheriff's deputies and state investigators searched the residence of the man who claimed the trucks in Alcorn County and found computer monitors with mutilated serial numbers, and power and hand tools, most of which were reported stolen from Builder's Supply in Booneville, Beaver said. The items are worth between $2,000 and $3,000.

Prentiss County sheriff's deputies and state investigators then searched a Wheeler residence the suspect had just moved out of and found a large quantity of motorcycles, power tools, vehicles and lawn mowers, Beaver said. Investigators are still working to confirm if the items are stolen, which are worth between $20,000 and $30,000.

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