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MSP recovers $600K in stolen RVs

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Michigan State Police recovered $600,000 worth of stolen travel trailers.

The trailers were stolen from RV manufacturers in Lagrange, Indiana.

Some of the trailers were retagged with fake vehicle identification numbers and were sold to unsuspecting businesses in other states including Michigan, police said.

The Lagrange County Sheriff’s Office contacted MSP for assistance in recovering the trailers.

"I've never seen anything to this magnitude as far as a value or a sheer number of trailers being stolen. Normally it's a car or a couple four wheelers. But this is out of the ordinary," MSP Sgt./Det. Chris Seigert said.

Several of the stolen trailers were tracked to Huron Trails Auto Sales in Linwood. Police were able to recover 17 trailers.

Officials with Huron Trails cooperated with the investigation and are considered victims of this crime, MSP said.

The trailers are being taken back to Indiana and the investigation is ongoing.

Seigert said the suspect is now in custody.

"I believe he went there and was just hooking on to trailers and taking them out of there and that was how he was able to get so many," Seigert said.

The suspect was selling the trailers to unsuspecting dealers at a discounted price. Investigators said the owner of Huron Trails had no idea the trailers were stolen.

"He had from what he considered a legitimate title to each camper," Seigert said. "They were very good. They were on both sides just like a typical title would be. Signed off. They looked legitimate, but they were forged."

The owner of Huron Trails is out $600,000 worth of merchandise.

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