Two arrested for stealing property

Published 3:40 pm Thursday, November 8, 2012

The Clanton Police Department arrested Matthew Dewayne Price and John Gwin Ison Jr. of Clanton on two counts of receiving stolen property second degree Oct. 29.

CPD detective Whitney Ray said the property stolen was a 5-by-10 trailer from Sears that was used to haul property from KlenCo Furniture store to J and J Recycling where it was turned into salvage.

KlenCo Furniture Store owner John Klinner said the property stolen included lumber, a metal truck rack, bus seat, electric fans, hanging gas furnace, standing gas furnace, spring day bed set, bed rails, two washing machines and an air conditioning window unit located behind his business.

Klinner said after showing up to the store Oct. 29 things in the back of the property seemed to be missing when he decided to call the CPD.

“Some of my employees went to J and J Recycling and called me and said they found the metal truck rack and everything else had been turned into salvage,” Klinner said. “The people at J and J Recycling knew who had brought the stuff to be salvaged and in two days the CPD had found the people who had stolen everything.”

Sears owner Lela Allred said she believes her trailer was stolen sometime on Oct. 27 due to seeing the trailer behind her store on Oct. 27.

Allred showed up for work on Oct. 29 and noticed the trailer was missing.

“That trailer has been in the back of the store for 16 years and I had just had it refurbished,” she said.

Allred said she used the trailer for deliveries of tractors, refrigerators, stoves and other kinds of equipment from her store.

Police were able to locate Allred’s trailer and returned it to her after the suspects left the trailer at J and J Recycling claiming they had to go to Jefferson County for court and they would later return to pick the trailer up.

The trailer was taken to CPD as evidence and later discovered that it was stolen from Sears.

Ray said between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. the suspects showed up to J and J Recycling wanting their trailer back when Ray and CPD officers arrived on the scene and arrested the two men. Both Price and Ison confessed to stealing the property and were then transported to the Chilton County Jail.

“I am just thrilled to have my trailer back and I can’t thank the CPD enough for all of their help,” Allred said.

Ison posted a $10,000 bond and Price is still incarcerated on a $10,000 bond.