Police arrest Augustan suspected in auto thefts


Richmond County sheriff’s investigators arrested a man Monday afternoon who is suspected in about a dozen automobile thefts.


Willard Trottie, 26, was caught at a home on Roselle Street just after noon after deputies received a tip, sheriff’s Investigator Billy Dixon said.

Dixon said deputies spotted a green Chevrolet Corsica that Trottie was known to be driving and arrested him without incident.

Trottie, who was released from state prison March 12, will be charged with a parole violation and three counts of auto theft, Dixon said. He also will be charged with one count of theft by receiving, Dixon said.

“We will be sending all the other charges to the grand jury,” he said.

Investigators had been looking for Trottie since May 5. Police suspected that he was stealing old cars and selling them to junkyards and auto salvage companies before they were reported stolen.

In at least one case, police said, Trottie drove a pickup truck away from a used-car dealership for a test drive and sold it as scrap.

Another man, Alphonzo Green, of the 1500 block of Mill Street, was arrested along with Trottie and charged with harboring a criminal, Dixon said.

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