Occupied Camper Stolen

LIBERTY, July 31, 2014 - A Liberty County resident, Mr. James Brown , age 75 years old who lives in the CR 2279 area of South Liberty County had a rude awakening around 2:30am this morning when he awoke to someone hooking onto and pulling his 16’ camper trailer out of his driveway while he was still inside. Mr. Brown attempted to turn the inside trailer lights on but the suspect(s) had already disconnected the power to the trailer and were pulling out of the drive way. The owner immediately got on his cell phone and called “911” advising the Sheriff’s dispatcher of his dilemma and the direction of travel of a pick-up truck that was towing him and his trailer south on Hwy. 321 towards the City of Dayton at a high rate of speed.

While Mr. Brown and his trailer were being towed, he opened the trailer door and began firing several gun shots at the pick-up truck which then began weaving back and forth across the highway, apparently, in an attempt to throw Mr. Brown from his trailer. The weaving did, in fact, cause Mr. Brown to drop his cell phone but the dispatcher had already received enough information to broadcast to Deputies the situation and direction of travel on Hwy. 321. Deputy Kenneth Taylor happened to be north bound on Hwy. 321 and observed the truck and trailer weaving back and forth across the highway. As the trailer passed Dep. Taylor, he turned around and attempted to make a stop using his emergency equipment but the truck and trailer continued to flee south at speeds of approximately 60 MPH for another five miles. At this point the pick-up truck drove into the north bound lane putting the driver’s side near the ditch preventing the Deputy from pulling alongside the driver’s side. The truck suddenly came to a stop and the driver jumped from the truck and fled into the woods. A female passenger in the truck was detained by Dep. Taylor. The Dayton Police Department joined the search for the suspect in the woods but the search was not successful.

Upon interviewing Mr. Brown, Deputy Taylor was told that he, Mr. Brown, had his home on CR 2279 burglarized several times and he had locked the gate to his drive way and was staying in the camper in an attempt to catch the burglars. Evidently the thief, who stole his trailer, with Mr. Brown in it, had cut the lock off his gate and was then attempting to steal his camper trailer.

Due to the version of the story given to Deputy Taylor by the female passenger and the fact there was no direct evidence connecting her with this offense, all pertinent information was obtained from her and she was released. The pick-up truck, which was not reported to be stolen at that time, was picked up and held for further examination.  

Sgt. Investigator Billy Knox is conducting the follow-up investigation which is still on-going.  

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