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Possible trailer theft ring in Bradley County, victims speak out

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BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -

Deputies are investigating a possible theft ring involving stolen trailers. 

Two families and one area church have all been struck by thieves since Thanksgiving Day, leaving victims out thousands of dollars. 

James Sears who is the assistant pastor at Mount Olive Church in Cleveland tells Channel 3 church surveillance cameras captured someone in a dark SUV pulling in to the parking lot around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. The Church youth group's 5 x 8 travel trailer was gone 8-minutes later. 

"To see someone doing this in this community not just to individuals, but to a church...it hits home," said theft victim Amber Womac. Around the same time, Womac says someone stole her 8 x 20 foot trailer Thanksgiving morning along with a pool table, camping gear and all of her son's brand new racing equipment inside. "You know 12-years-old, he wakes up Thanksgiving Day to find out someone has taken his livelihood," said Womac. "This was his first year...we traded did what we could to get him what he needed to start and just like that it's all been taken from him." 

Womac estimates the loss to be about $15-18,000 dollars. She says what hurts most, is seeing her son sit out. "Unless we have help to replace it or find it he is probably not going to be able to race this season, he is very upset." said Womac. 

Just a few miles down the road from where the Womacs live, there was another trailer stolen. 

"The contents inside were valuable that could not be replaced, pictures of family members deceased, precious to my grandmother," said Shannan Maclearen. 

Lucky for her, the family trailer was found abandoned and ransacked, 3 miles down the road with its bald tires blown out. 

"It just really drives you crazy to know you work so hard for what you have just for somebody to hook it up and take off with it," said Womac. 

Members at Mount Olive Ministries turned over their surveillance video to the Sheriff's Department, they're offering a $1,250 reward for any information leading to an arrest. 

If you know anything about the dark colored SUV, the stolen trailers or stolen riding equipment, call the Bradley County Sheriff's Department.

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