Around 2:15 a.m. Sunday, Church Hill Police Department Officer Dustin Dean was notified by the trailer’s owner, Brian Hickman, who reported his horse trailer was stolen from a lot near South Central Avenue in Church Hill.
Dean advised Central Dispatch to notify police departments in the area to be on the lookout for the trailer, and about 20 minutes later Central Dispatch notified him that Kingsport police had stopped a Chevy Blazer on Stone Drive that was pulling the stolen horse trailer.
The driver of the Blazer was identified as Anthony Robert Woods, 29, 2190 Route 126, Bristol. Dean said Woods told him, “I found the trailer on Craigslist and I met a guy down there the other day and looked at it. The guy met me in Blountville on Route 394 this past week and I paid him $800 for the trailer. My truck has been torn up and this is the first opportunity I have had to go pick it up.”
Dean asked Woods if he could identify the male he had met or had his phone number, and he stated, “No, I don’t pay attention to what people look like and I just found the trailer on Craigslist.”
Woods was charged with theft over $500.