A Hughes County man is charged this week after telling police he stole a trailer belonging to a local school district.
Caleb Landreth, 22, was charged Wednesday in Seminole County court with second degree burglary.
According to police, Landreth told officers he’s the one who cut a chain and lock to the Seminole Transpiration Center and stole the trailer belonging to the district.
“It’s disheartening, discouraging a little bit when someone would do that,” said Superintendent Bob Gragg. “They take the time to cut the locks off a gate.”
It happened during the middle of the night on September 5.
Cameras allegedly caught Landreth driving in with nothing and driving out with the trailer the district used for moving equipment to athletic events.
‘It’s tough on schools everywhere right now,” said Gregg. “The funding crunches, we haven't even really seen the worse. The worst is still yet to come because it is a downward trend and it hasn't hit bottom.”
The district will have to pay a $1,000 insurance deductible for a new trailer.
Gragg said he’s not so quick to judge because of COVID-19.
“That hunker down mode is causing some of the additional crimes and so forth,” said Gragg. “Maybe that crime is really a reflection of we need to help rather than be so quick to penalize and lock folks up.”
An anonymous caller told police Landreth was the suspect. Officers tracked him down to a Seminole home.
As far as where the trailer is now, court records show he told police, "I can't even keep up with my own truck, how am I supposed to keep up with a trailer?"
“My guess is it's south of the red river, been sold, been repainted. It’s gone,” said Gragg. “(There is) not a lot of hope of getting it back.”
Landreth is due back in court on October 1.