Law enforcement worried unsuspecting buyers could be purchasing stolen campers

MADISON COUNTY, IL (KPLR) - It’s a baffling crime that has investigators in Madison County fearing it could lead to someone being out a lot of money.  Three camper trailers were recently stolen.  The fear is the thieves will try to sell them to unsuspecting buyers on a website such as Craigslist.

The three camper trailers were stolen either late on the night of November 19th or early in the morning of November 20th, according to the Office of the Madison County Sheriff.

Two of the trailers were stolen from the exterior of a storage facility located in the 400 block of Tolle Lane.  The third trailer was stolen from the 3000 block of VFW Lane.

Here’s a description of the camper trailers that were taken.  One is described is a white Jayco 32-foot travel trailer with eagle emblems and maroon and blue/gray striping with Illinois registration 543 433.  The trailer is valued at $50,000.

The second trailer is described as a gray Open Range 40-foot 5th wheel trailer with Illinois registration.  The value of the trailer is estimated at $55,000.

The third trailer is a brown 32-foot Jayco travel trailer with a mountain scene painted on the front of it.  Illinois registration number is 650 603.  The value is estimated at $25,000.

Anyone with information on the thefts is asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office by calling the dispatch center at 618-692-4433 or the anonymous tip line at 618-296-3000.

Captain Mike Dixon encourages owners of camper trailers to check and make sure their property has not been stolen.  He also encourages owners to store their campers in areas with surveillance cameras and facilities with a coded entry.  He said a coded entry allows investigators to determine when someone last entered the facility.

He suspects the thieves are part of a ring that swooped into the area and will now try to sell the stolen trailers.