Man sentenced for stealing trailers, selling pieces for scrap metal | Crime
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday that Joel Keith Day, 57, of Cape Girardeau was sentenced to almost three years on three felony counts of interstate possession of stolen goods.
Day appeared before U.S. District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr. and at his plea admitted that on Dec. 4, 2010 he stole a 2011 Ritenouer brand 53 foot aluminum trailer and contents, with a value of about $5,000, from a lot in Mt. Vernon, Ill.
According to the attorney's office, about two weeks later, Day moved the trailer and contents to a storage building he had rented at 12236 Highway 25, in Cape Girardeau County. They say Day then had the trailer cut into pieces and sold as scrap metal.
On Feb. 13, 2011, the attorney's office says Day stole a 2002 Trimcar Trailer also valued at about $5,000 from a lot in Anna, Ill. They say on or around Feb. 13, 2011, Day moved the trailer and contents to a storage building he had rented and again had the trailer cut into pieces and resold as scrap metal.
The office says on Feb. 17, 2011 Day stole a 1998 Smith Cattle trailer valued around $5,000 from a lot in LaCenter, Ky. Around Feb. 20, 2011 they say he moved the trailer and contents to his storage building and once more, had the trailer cut into pieces for resale as scrap metal.
On Feb. 23, 2011 after a fire at the storage building, the attorney's office says Cape Girardeau County deputies executed a search warrant that recovered various parts of the three stolen trailers.
The case was investigated by the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Larry H. Ferrell handled the prosecution for the government.
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