Stolen Howland Jeep’s parts recovered in Liverpool

GLENMOOR – Police officers from St. Clair and Liverpool townships converged on an Annesley Road rental home Wednesday, retrieving auto parts they said were reported stolen by a Trumbull County resident.

Patrolman Jim Briggs said he received a call from the Howland Police Department about a Jeep Wrangler stolen there Sept. 30. It is valued at between $50,000 and $60,000.

Howland police advised Briggs they learned through an informant that a man living in the Liverpool area had advertised rims from the Jeep on a Facebook account, showing pictures of them on the porch at 16920 Annesley Road.

“We arrived at the residence and he denied everything,” Briggs said of the man suspected of selling the rims, whose brother lives at the residence.

Prior to knocking on the door and speaking with the man, officers said they saw other parts in plain view on the porch that were obvious Jeep-related items.

Briggs contacted the law director, who advised that if Briggs knew the parts on the porch were stolen, they could be recovered, so the officer took pictures and sent them to the Howland police, who in turn showed them to the Jeep’s owner, who identified them as his.

Using the Liverpool Township Police Department’s new pickup truck, Briggs, Patrolman Scott Mick and Liverpool Township Detective Jared Kinemond loaded a number of parts into the bed to be transported back to the police station as evidence.

Although the Jeep itself was not located on the Annesley Road property Wednesday, Briggs said it had been seen there and also had been reported in West Virginia Tuesday night and in Wellsville at an unspecified time.

A credit card in the Jeep at the time of its theft also was being used in Chester, W.Va., by the person suspected of selling the rims, Briggs said, adding that charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.

The black Jeep Wrangler is an Oscar Mike Edition and has a large star on the roof.

Anyone who sees the Jeep or has any information is asked to call the St. Clair Township Police Department at 330-386-3585.

Bobby-Gilbert reports for the Lisbon Morning Journal.