BAY CITY, MI – Detectives from the Michigan State Police, Tri-City Post, have recovered stolen travel trailers valued at approximately $600,000. Investigators with the Lagrange County Sheriff’s Office, from Lagrange, Indiana, contacted the Tri-City Post to request assistance with locating and recovering the stolen travel trailers.
Lagrange detectives opened an investigation after several RV manufacturers in their area reported thefts of the new units from their facilities. Their investigation revealed that some of the stolen units were re-tagged with bogus Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) and were sold to unsuspecting businesses in other states, including Michigan. The suspected criminals also provided fraudulent supporting documentation to further legitimize their criminal enterprise.
Lagrange detectives were able to track many of the stolen campers to Huron Trails Auto Sales in Linwood, Michigan. In total, seventeen travel trailers were recovered. Models included both 5 th wheel and standard pull behind models and were ranging in lengths from 25 feet to 43 feet. Officials with Huron Trails auto sales cooperated fully with the investigation and are considered victims of this crime.
The travel trailers were towed to the Tri-City Post. Once there, investigators specializing in stolen vehicle recovery and identification worked with the manufacturer to identify the VIN through the factory build documentation.
The investigation is on-going in Indiana, several of the recovered travel trailers are being picked up daily and taken back to Indiana.