GPS leads deputies to stolen trailer; 2 arrested for theft

Bufford, left, and Sears, right, were arrested Sunday. (Jefferson County Sheriff's County)
Bufford, left, and Sears, right, were arrested Sunday. (Jefferson County Sheriff's County)

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — Two men were arrested on theft charges Sunday morning after GPS tracking led authorities to a stolen trailer with nearly $50,000 worth of concrete finishing tools and equipment.

Anthony Sears, 53, and Fred Bufford, 52, were arrested and charged with first-degree stolen property.

Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies were called to investigate a report of a stolen trailer around 11:30 a.m. A work trailer was reportedly stolen from a job site Saturday night on Lakeshore Parkway.

Deputies arrived and found one of the trailers containing nearly $50,000 of concrete finishing tools and equipment was missing.

The victim who reported the stolen trailer to 911 used the GPS tracking device in the trailer to locate it.  He drove to the location and spotted the trailer in the back yard.

He called the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and informed them of the location. Deputies responded and approached the trailer to find Sears hiding inside.

Sears was told to come out of the trailer and he complied and told deputies the house was his, but the trailer was not. He said a friend had dropped it off Saturday night.

Sheriff’s deputies moved their cars away from the residence and waited for Bufford to arrive. He was taken into custody upon arrival, but told deputies he was just passing through the area and didn’t know anyone in the neighborhood.

Deputies questioned him and he changed his story and claimed to have purchased the trailer and the equipment inside from a pawn shop.

Sears was booked into the Jefferson County Jail and posted a $10,000 bond. Bufford remains in jail on $10,000 bond.

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