This morning around 1:30 a.m., deputies responded to the 100 block of Highway V, in Lincoln County, after receiving a phone call of a suspicious vehicle in someone’s driveway.
When deputies arrived, they observed a white Chevrolet Silverado connected to an unlicensed brand new camper. As they approached, deputies observed a male underneath the truck with bolt cutters removing chain linked fencing from the vehicle’s driveshaft.
The man was identified as 56-year-old John Idlet, of Arnold, Missouri. Idlet said he was returning to Arnold from his cousin’s house in Hannibal when his truck ran over some fencing. Also, within the vehicle was 45-year-old Tesha Groves, of Hillsboro.
Deputies became suspicious when they observed factoring plastic still on the camper and a computer check revealed no record of the camper. Not satisfied, deputies conducted a business check just up the street at 47 West Trailer Sales.
When they arrived, deputies observed a large section of chain linked fencing cut down with tire tread marks leaving the lot toward the highway. The business confirm the trailer was stolen from their lot.
Both Idlet and Groves confessed to stealing the trailer. Idlet said he used bolt cutters to cut the fence down to gain access to the camper.
Idlet is charged with felony Stealing and felony Property Damage. He is currently housed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $20,000 cash only bond. Other conditions of bond may apply.
Groves is charged with felony Stealing and is currently housed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $10,000 cash only bond. Other conditions of bond may apply.