Suspect accused of stealing trailer

A trailer loaded with bricks was reported stolen from a business at Altheimer and several hours later, a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy saw the trailer and arrested a man who claimed he had bought it from another individual.

During a court hearing Monday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the trailer had been taken from Dean Henderson Equipment Co., and had been reported stolen Saturday.

Sheriff’s Investigator John Bean said in a probable cause affidavit that Deputy Harley Herron was on patrol at about 10 a.m. when he saw the trailer and made contact with the man driving the truck pulling the trailer, later identified as Rowland Williams, 44.

Kizer said deputies confirmed that the trailer Willis was pulling was the one stolen in Altheimer, and when they went to Willis’ house, found stickers that had been pulled off the trailer, including one with the vehicle identification number.

According to the affidavit from Bean, the trailer and load of bricks it had been carrying was valued at $1,639.

Kizer said Willis had a prior conviction for aggravated robbery in 1990, and “a number of failures to appear in district court.”

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $10,000 bond for Willis after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving.

Willis said he would hire his own attorney.