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Reward offered in stolen trailer case

Posted June 8, 2011 1:16 p.m. EDT
Updated June 9, 2011 1:47 p.m. EDT

— The owners of a Chatham County trucking company whose trailer was stolen nearly a month ago are offering a $5,000 reward.

In the early morning hours of May 11, thieves stole a truck cab from A & B Land & Timber, 12331 North Carolina Highway 42 West in Fuquay-Varina, authorities said. It was the company’s only truck.

Since the theft, co-owner Sherry Johnson said the business has had to hire contract haulers to transport logs.

About an hour later, the thieves used the truck to steal a $40,000 trailer from Williams Brothers Trucking, 6991 Old U.S. Highway 1 in New Hill.

“The time frame on it was just under four minutes,” said Carroll Williams, co-owner of Williams Brothers Trucking.

The thieves broke a small sidewalk and plowed down a fence during the theft, which was captured on surveillance cameras.

Williams said that if the thief had rounded the corner and followed the fence, he would’ve realized it ends. Instead of plowing down a fence, the thief could have driven through a wide, open space to steal the trailer and drive off.

The company usually uses the empty trailer to haul mulch. 

Both business owners have called authorities, but they understand their case isn’t a high-priority, so Williams decided to offer the reward for the return of the trailer.

The truck cab is a white 1990 freight-liner with “A&B” on the doors of the truck. It has North Carolina tag number YA104853.

The trailer has “Williams Brothers Trucking” decals and Georgia tag number LE5256F.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Roger Williams at Williams Brothers trucking at 912-424-4777.