published Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Police find stolen cars, tractor in Wilson, Tenn.

Officers arrested a Henagar, Ala., man who they say helped steal at least three vehicles and a tractor.

Phillip Glen Clanton, 43, was charged with receiving stolen property Saturday. Officers believe he is connected with a string of eight auto thefts near Henagar since the beginning of the year, and they expect more arrests.

While on patrol, Jackson County, Ala., Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Miller saw a truck dragging a trailer with another car tailing it on County Road 422. A news release did not explain why Miller was suspicious, but he was. When he tried to pull the truck over, police say its driver took off and whoever was in that other car cut Miller off so he could not pursue.

Miller later found the truck in the woods off County Road 422. The release does not say how Miller happened upon the truck, but whoever was inside the vehicle had already run away.

During the investigation, however, officers from the counties of Jackson and DeKalb, Ala., and Wilson, Tenn., looked into a property in Wilson. Police did not say where in Wilson this property was, or how they found it. At any rate, while on this property, officers found a Pathfinder, a Bobcat tractor, an equipment trailer and a Cub Cadet utility vehicle — all stolen.

Anyone with information on the case is encouraged to call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 256-574-2610.

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