Stolen Rifle trailer donated to Texas task force
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
RIFLE, Colorado ” A storage trailer stolen from a Rifle business was recently found in Texas, where it will stay to help a law enforcement agency that lost all its vehicles to Hurricane Ike.
Western Slope Trailers, 3150 Airport Rd., decided to donate the trailer to the Galveston, Texas automobile crimes task force, said Brittany Robinson-Beaudry, an accountant for the company.
“Sergeant (Peter) Contenta told us they lost all their vehicles and trailers in the hurricane, so it made sense to donate it,” she said.
The man who bounced a $3,875 check he wrote to pay for the 6- by 12-foot trailer, Jason Miller, was also arrested, she said.
The incident began in September and the case was wrapped up a few weeks ago, Robinson-Beaudry said.
“After a few months, we didn’t think anything more was going to happen,” she said. “Then we get a call from Texas saying they had found our trailer and caught the guy who stole it.”
The investigation also found Miller had allegedly swindled others in the Rifle area, including former roommates and vendors, Robinson-Beaudry said. Miller worked in the natural gas industry and had family members in the Galveston area, she said.
Contenta located the trailer in the driveway of Miller’s relative; Miller was already in a local jail for similar alleged crimes in the Galveston area.
“It’s amazing what computers can do these days,” Contenta said of the quick two-hour resolution to the case, once the task force was told Miller might be in the area.
Contenta said the task force will use the new trailer to transport items used in anti-theft presentations and such.
“I thought it was great,” he said.
Robinson-Beaudry said local residents were helpful during the investigation.
“We had people tell us where he had lived in Rifle and Battlement Mesa,” she said. “Even some of his old friends that said he had wronged them.”
Since the trailer was insured, Western Slope Trailers will not seek restitution from Miller, Robinson-Beaudry said.
“He’s in jail and he still faces the charges here, so that’s that,” she said.
Miller remains in jail in Galveston.
The incident has made Robinson-Beaudry and another accountant at the business, Ashley Robinson, more careful when they deal with customers.
“We’ve always been very trusting when people say they will have the money in their account in a day or so,” Robinson said. “This has made us a little more cautious.”
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