Police arrest Augustan suspected in auto thefts

Monday, May 14, 2012 5:30 PM
Last updated 11:10 PM
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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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Tots 05/14/12 - 05:38 pm
Good job-"Richmond County

Good job-"Richmond County sheriff’s investigators".

csraguy 05/14/12 - 11:46 pm
Great Job RCSO

Great job by the RCSO and to the citizen who helped the police locate this criminal. Anyone who has ever had their car stolen knows how difficult this can be to deal with. The RCSO deputies do a great job with limited resources and are to be commended for their hard work and dedication.

Willow Bailey
Willow Bailey 05/15/12 - 10:07 am
Poor Trottie. He is a slow

Poor Trottie. He is a slow learner.

stillamazed 05/15/12 - 10:37 am
I will say that the RC

I will say that the RC sheriffs department does solve a lot of cases, great job. Also great job to the tipster........

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