Contractor: $10,000 worth of tools, trailer stolen from site

Published 3:36 pm Friday, February 4, 2022

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A construction contractor told Carter County Sheriff’s deputies that a trailer full of construction tools valued at more than $10,000 was stolen from a worksite in December 2021.

Travis Woodie made the report on Wednesday. Woodie, a North Carolina-based construction contractor, works at High Ridge Builders. He told deputies he was contracted to build a property located at 110 Pine Point Circle in Butler. While working on the construction site one afternoon a few months ago, Woodie said he took a break from the project and left his Cargo Lite work trailer at the construction site with the permission of the owner.

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Woodie said his trailer was stolen and a nearby neighbor was able to capture a still image using a home surveillance system. The still image, captured on Dec. 19, 2021, shows a white truck entering the area without a trailer attached to it; and leaving the property/area with a white trailer attached.

Woodie told deputies the trailer attached to the white pickup truck looked to be his.

Woodie said he has approximately $10,000 to $12,000 worth of various construction tools inside the trailer that was stolen. The trailer in question is a Cargo Lite Trailer, 7- by 12-foot single axle, and was purchased for approximately $2,500.

Woodie said he purchased the trailer in 2006 but had never registered the trailer in his name. Woodie did not have the title with him and was not able to provide the sheriff’s office with any serial numbers or VIN for any of the tools inside the trailer or for the trailer itself.

The sheriff’s department report indicates there was not enough required information to enter any of the property into NCIC as being stolen items, and that the report was generated as an information report for insurance purposes only.

Woodie was advised by the sheriff’s office to come back and change the report to a stolen property report if he is able obtain the serial numbers for any of the stolen property.