Garvin County Program Still Going Strong after Seven Years
From the Garvin County Sheriff’s Office
A stolen trailer featured in last week’s Crime Stoppers was recently recovered following a tip to the hotline number.
The trailer, along with the pick-up shown in the photo, was located by Garvin County deputies west of Wayne in McClain County on Friday, April 13.
With the assistance of the McClain County Sheriff’s Office, a 24-year-old male who was present with the trailer was arrested after confessing to stealing the trailer north of Prairie View during the week of April 2.
Conrad Lee Taliaferro, of Purcell, was taken into custody and transported to McClain County jail where he was charged with Knowingly Concealing Stolen Property, which is a felony.
An additional charge in Garvin County District Court is possible. The value of the trailer is at $1,200.00.
Sheriff Larry Rhodes contributes the recovery and arrest to the Crime Stoppers program.
“The stolen trailer was out of the public’s sight and had the serial number altered. If it were not for a Crime Stoppers tip reporting where the pick-up could be located, the trailer may not have been found”, Rhodes comments.
The Garvin County Crime Stoppers program began in 2011 and continues today. In 2017, 48 tips were received through the Crime Stoppers program. All the tips were investigated and are now closed. A total of $850.00 was paid out in rewards in 2017.
“The Garvin County Sheriff’s Office often realizes the program’s success in solving crimes, locating stolen property and apprehending fugitives, as evidenced last week in the recovery of the stolen trailer. The tip led deputies to finding the person responsible for the theft” according to Larry Rhodes. “The best benefit of the program is the ability for someone to call in with information about a crime and remain anonymous.”
Many are involved in the success of Crime Stoppers. Sheriff Rhodes wants to thank all those involved who make the program possible through fundraising, coordination and oversight. Local newspapers play a large role in Crime Stoppers by regularly donating space in their newspapers.
Persons calling Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and can earn a reward of up to $1,000 based on their info. The number is 1-855-211-7867.