Investigators from three counties recovered a utility trailer stolen from a construction site on Jan. 6. The trailer, parked in front of the former Fred’s store on Plaza Drive, contained equipment being used in the remodeling of the store to house a Guy’s Pharmacy location. In addition to the local theft, the suspects are also charged with a theft in Lincoln County.
Sheriff Kyle Breland said Lincoln County authorities stopped a truck that answered the description of the truck picked up on surveillance video recovered by Tylertown Police the night the trailer went missing. The video obtained by police from several surrounding businesses shows the truck entering the parking lot of the former Fred’s store. A short time later the truck is seen leaving the parking lot pulling the trailer.
Police said the trailer belonged to Raymond Van Dan and contained equipment and tools being used in rewiring and remodeling the former Fred’s location.
“That video and description of the truck had been distributed to area law enforcement agencies,” Breland said. “A deputy spotted the truck, and that lead Lincoln officers to pull it over and question the driver.”
The stop is what led officers to the Bogue Chitto property where the trailer and other items were found.
Breland said Walthall Sheriff’s detectives Justin Dyar and Wally Jones, along with Pike and Lincoln County detectives recovered the trailer, loaded with commercial electrician’s equipment valued at an estimated $35,000, in Lincoln County on Jan. 16, eventually leading to the arrest of two Bogue Chitto men, William Stanley and James Stanley.
In addition to the trailer, detectives also recovered a stolen camper trailer and a large amount of stolen currency taken in a Lincoln County theft.
Sheriff Kyle Breland said one of the suspects had been at large until last Monday night, Jan. 20, when he was taken into custody.
The two suspects have both been charged in connection with the Walthall and Lincoln County incidents.
Sheriff Breland said cooperation among the three law enforcement agencies led to recovery of the stolen merchandise and charges leveled against the two men.
The two are jailed in Lincoln County where they face charges related to the stolen currency and stolen camper trailer. Walthall authorities have a hold on the two men in connection with the Jan. 6 theft.