MOUNT PLEASANT — A Racine man faces a felony theft charge after he allegedly stole six car-hauler trailers, then tried to sell them on Facebook.
The first two trailers were reported missing from a trailer dealer located along Interstate 94 on Sept. 21. An anti-theft chain that had been on the trailers appeared to have been cut, and a sawzall blade was found in the parking lot, Mount Pleasant Police reported.
Two more trailers were reported stolen on Sept. 24 and another two the following day, all of them from the same business. On Sept. 25, a speed limit sign near the business had also been knocked down.
Combined, the six trailers have a reported value of $16,800.
Then, on Sept. 27, police interviewed a man who reported seeing a vehicle pulling two trailers and driving recklessly on the night of the third theft. Using the description of the driver, vehicle and surveillance footage from a nearby gas station, Ross Hopkins, 27, of the 1300 block of West Boulevard, was identified as a suspect, police said.
When police arrived at Hopkins’ home, the vehicle that had been observed driving away from the trailer dealer was in the driveway and two of the stolen trailers were parked in a nearby parking lot, according to a criminal complaint.
An investigator found that Hopkins had posted pictures of the trailers for sale on Facebook Marketplace.
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The investigator later contacted Hopkins, purporting to be interested in purchasing the trailers. According to the criminal complaint, Hopkins said that “he got the trailers from a friend who needed to sell them quickly due to a pending divorce.”
Soon after, Hopkins was taken into custody.
He also faces charges of possession of narcotic drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia after police reported finding approximately 12 grams of heroin in Hopkins’ pocket and unused syringes, metal tins with burnt black residue and dirty cotton swabs were found in his truck.
Hopkins reportedly told police that the nights of the thefts were “a blur” to him.
After appearing in court on Monday, a preliminary hearing was scheduled for Oct. 9 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center. Hopkins remained in custody as of Tuesday afternoon at the County Jail, online records indicated.
Hopkins has prior convictions for resisting/obstructing an officer in 2018, attempting to flee/elude an officer as a vehicle operator in 2014, possession of narcotic drugs and receiving/concealing stolen property in 2013, and possession with intent to deliver THC in 2011.
Today's mugshots: Sept. 30
These are images of people charged with a crime in Racine County. Booking photos are provided by Racine County law enforcement officials. A defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty and convicted.
Ross G. Hopkins
Ross G. Hopkins, 1300 block of West Boulevard, Racine, theft of movable property (between $10,000 and $100,000), possession of narcotic drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia.
James F. Wenszell
James F. Wenszell, 1300 block of West Boulevard, Racine, forgery, uttering a forgery.
Dwayne E. Whitelaw
Dwayne E. Whitelaw, 1300 block of Carlisle Avenue, Racine, operating a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia.
William R. Barron
William R. Barron, Phoenix, Ariz., obstructing an officer, resisting an officer, disorderly conduct.
Fernando M. Colon
Fernando M. Colon, 800 block of College Avenue, Racine, misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct.
Jeffrey L. Davitz
Jeffrey L. Davitz, 3500 block of County Road H, Franksville, disorderly conduct.
Devon J. Hall
Devon J. Hall, 4200 block of Durand Avenue, possession of THC, possession of drug paraphernalia, obstructing an officer.
Anthony N. James
Anthony N. James (a.k.a. Rocky), 1600 block of Lathrop Avenue, Racine, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle while revoked, operating with prohibited alcohol concentration.
Marcus G. Luckett
Marcus G. Luckett (a.k.a. Duck), 1400 block of Villa Street, Racine, misdemeanor battery, disorderly conduct, resisting an officer.
Manuel M. Martinez
Manuel M. Martinez, 500 block of High Street, Racine, disorderly conduct.
Briannie I. Morgan
Briannie I. Morgan, 2000 block of Case Avenue, disorderly conduct.
Patricia A. Parks
Patricia A. Parks, 4900 block of 36th Avenue, Kenosha, operating a motor vehicle while revoked, misdemeanor bail jumping.
Juan C. Rios
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Juan C. Rios, 1600 block of Prospect Street, Racine, misdemeanor bail jumping, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of THC, obstructing an officer, disorderly conduct.