Two people charged in theft of trailer
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Dec 18, 2012 | 2237 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A watchful eye helped law enforcement to stop a reported theft in progress and led to the arrest of two people, one who was from Bradley County and the other from a Soddy-Daisy address.

According to a report filed by deputy Travis Greene of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Michael A. Rogers, 22, and Ronald E. Gravitt, 44, were taken into custody and charged with theft over $500. Gravitt was also charged with narcotics violations.

A caller alerted 911 someone was attempting to take a trailer from a construction site located on Hancock Road.

Deputies were dispatched to the area and searched for the suspect’s vehicle, which was described as a blue pickup truck.

After spotting the truck, Greene performed a traffic stop and identified Rogers and Gravitt as the occupants who allegedly had taken the trailer.

According to the report filed by Greene, Rogers said he had purchased the trailer; however, he failed to provide a name for the individual from whom he claimed he have bought it.

Greene learned through the investigation the trailer belonged to Jim Burch. Burch told the deputy he had not sold the trailer, the report stated.

Burch placed the value of the trailer at $750.

During a search, deputies found a small amount of suspected methamphetamine in Gravitt’s pocket. Greene also noted the vehicle identification number plate had been removed from the pickup truck. Gravitt was also charged with driving a “Vehicle Lacking VIN.”

Both men were arrested and take to the Bradley County Jail where they were booked on the respective charges.

- Deputy Kolby Duckett filed a report at a Waterlevel Highway address where another trailer had been taken without the owner’s permission.

According to his report, Duckett spoke with Lamar Davis of Outland Expeditions, who said someone took his 22-foot split-ramp trailer sometime between Dec. 6 and Dec. 11.

Davis said the trailer had several distinct markings.

A trailer lock was also taken during the theft, according to the report.

The trailer and lock were valued at $4,625.

Investigation is continuing.