|Two Arrested in Trailer Theft Ring|
On Tuesday, August 5th, the Lewisburg Police Department, working in conjuction with the Columbia Police Department, Maury County Sheriff's Department, Marshall County Sheriff's Department, and the Chapel Hill Police Department, were able to identify two individuals responsible for several trailer thefts in the Middle Tennessee area. This investigation was a result of an undercover operation launched in response to a recent rash of trailer thefts from Columbia and Maury County areas.
During the operation, 63 year old, Clarence Udell Chapman (AKA Clarence Lewis) was found to have stolen an unattended trailer parked on East James Campbell Blvd in Columbia. Chapman, who is related to 58 year old Thomas Dwight Fox, brought the stolen trailer to Fox's home in Lewisburg. Fox was intercepted and arrested two days later while towing the stolen trailer on Hwy 31A in Marshall County. Another trailer, reported stolen to Maury County Sheriff's Department earlier this year, was also recovered from Fox's home.
Fox was charged by the Lewisburg Police with Theft over $1000 which is a Class D Felony. Chapman was charged with Theft over $1000 and Criminal Conspiracy to Commit Felony Theft. The investigation is still ongoing and further charges, against both Fox and Chapman, are anticipated.
It is believed that Fox and Chapman may have sold a number of stolen trailers and merchandise to unsuspecting customers in the Middle Tennessee area. During the thefts and sales of the stolen porperty, Fox and or Chapman may have been driving a maroon Ford F-250 pickup truck, a red GMC Sonoma pickup truck, or a gold Toyota pickup truck.
Any person that has bought any trailers or merchandise from either Fox or Chapman is encouraged to contact the Lewisburg Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (931) 359-3800 or Crime Stoppers at (931)-359-4867