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GPS helps Chambers County bust suspected theft ring

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The four arrested. The four arrested.
CHAMBERS COUNTY, AL (WTVM) -

Chambers County Investigators say more than $20,000 worth of stolen property will soon be returned to its rightful owners. As of Thursday morning, they were checking the serial numbers and contacting owners.

Investigators say a GPS tracker on an alleged stolen vehicle literally provided them a road map to a Cusetta home on County Road 299, where they busted up a massive, theft ring.

Caught in the act, investigators say Edwin Dennis was surprised when detectives rushed the backyard and found him chopping up a truck stolen Wednesday night from Valley.

"He was literally taking it a part with a grinder. He took off running and we apprehended him and arrested him," said Shannon Frailey, an investigator with Chambers County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators say the owner of the truck had a GPS tracking system that led detectives to the stolen struck at the home. Detectives say they found more stolen property at the residence.

"A stolen Isuzu truck, 1994 Ford F-150, a utility trailer, numerous weed eaters and edgers, back pack blowers, a four wheeler, motorcycle and stolen gun," he said.

Dennis along with Jessica Martin, Caleb Abston and Willie Strickland, the owner of the home, are charged with receiving stolen property first degree.

"It feels great, you get into the job to help one another. To solve a crime feels great, because I know the public gets frustrated with this, but we do our best and it is just a blessing to be able to return the property to the victims," said Frailey.
 
If you have any information on this case, you are asked to please call investigators.

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