The Tracy City Police Department successfully recovered vehicles and a trailer in the past week. In two separate incidents, officers John Bell and Nicole Brown responded to tips that lead to the recovery of a Mazda van on Sunday, June 28, and a red truck and trailer on Thursday, June 25.
In the June 29 incident, Bell and Brown, working off an anonymous tip, went to the Dollar General parking lot and made contact with Paul Zachary Meeks. At this time, the officers recovered a red truck and a Horton Hauler trailer in Meek’s possession. Bell was aware of an active warrant for Meeks issued by Franklin County for violation of community corrections and immediately took Meeks into custody.
The VIN numbers had been scratched off the trailer, but through an intense process, officers were able to discover the VIN number painted on the trailer, covered by the owner with metal sheets in the event of a theft. In addition, the officers discovered the truck had an open title. Both the truck and trailer were seized.
During the inventory of the red truck, Bell discovered a bag containing what is believed to be a burglary kit containing a rubber mask, bolt cutters, and a change of dark clothing. Officers believe Meeks intended to use these tools in the commission of a robbery. Two stolen dealer tags were also in the truck.
Tracy City Police Chief reports that Meeks has been charged with possession of burglary tools, theft, intent to go armed, and alteration of a VIN number.
On Sunday evening, Officer Brown responded to an anonymous tip, leading to the recovery of a stolen Mazda van on Dykes Hollow in Pryor Ridge. The van had been reported stolen by the owner who stated he picked up the suspect in the case, Nicole Spradlin, as she was hitchhiking.
“The owner and Spradlin were outside the vehicle at Grundy Lakes when Spradlin said she needed to return to the van to retrieve her cell phone. The owner watched as Spradlin took off with the van. He then called the TCPD to report it stolen,” says Chief Wilder who praised both Bell and Brown for their efforts in the incidents.