A Cherokee County sheriff's deputy going to serve papers at a home on Sugar Pike Road Tuesday, made quite a discovery.
"When he arrived there, there was no one there, but apparently he saw a trailer on the property that looked suspicious to him. And he knew that there had been a stolen trailer from a church in that area not long ago," said Lt. Jay Baker.
He ran the tags and sure enough, the trailer had been stolen a few months before from North Central Area Mission Church.
Inside the trailer, deputies found tools, generators, and other items the church used to build low cost structures for less fortunate people. They also found inflatable jump houses and popcorn machines the church uses for special events.
That was just inside the trailer. When they searched the house, they made an even bigger discovery.
"They located what appeared to be property stolen from two schools or at least school districts: Douglas County and Gilmer County. They found laptops, they found almost 60 Palm Pilots, and they also found digital projectors at the property," said Baker.
The homeowner and suspect though, 38-year-old Thomas Allen Reeves, was already in jail.
"He was already in custody for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, obstruction, simple assault, disorderly conduct," said Baker.