UPDATE: Wilkinson deputies seize $2 million in stolen vehicles
Wilkinson County deputies discovered Tracy Ford had more than 50 vehicles at five different locations throughout the county.
Wilkinson Sheriff Richard Chatman says the stolen cars, trailers, and wreckers are worth nearly $2 million.
“They recovered a stolen motor vehicle in Wilkinson County, and had information that there were possibly several stolen vehicles at several different locations in Baldwin County,” Captain Brad King with the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office said.
A tip from a neighboring sheriff’s office landed Tracy Ford in jail.
Investigators say Ford’s “Hookers Recovery” wrecking and repo company was a cover up for hoarding stolen cars and equipment.
“From the two places we towed over 10 stolen vehicles. There were also two stolen vehicles we took from his residence,” King said.
Ford is accused of having multiple stolen vehicles in his possession including a semi-truck without the trailer and three wreckers. King says it’s the worst he’s ever seen with everything costing more than a quarter of a million dollars.
“The 18-wheeler behind us is probably in the neighborhood somewhere of about a $100,000 truck,” King said. “Several pieces of high dollar machinery generally used at construction sites: portable lights, air compressors, things of that nature.”
King is contact with Wilkinson County investigators to see if anymore stolen property is at Ford’s other shop in McIntyre.
“We’ve got vehicles here from as far off as Lagrange and multiple from the metro Atlanta area,” King said.
Deputies say even the wreckers and tools Ford were using didn’t belong to him.
“All of the equipment he was using to run his business were stolen vehicles,” King said.
It’s a bust King says has their impound lot full and a suspect who kept a low profile behind bars.
Investigators are working with the GBI in this case. Ford is facing a theft by receiving stolen property charge in Wilkinson County. King says once he’s brought to Baldwin County, Ford will face more than a dozen felony theft charges.