The Pryor Times

April 22, 2014

Trailer thief stopped by chain — twice

Staff Writer
Cydney Baron

PRYOR, OK — Edwin Wilden, 44, Locust Grove, is charged with two felony counts of attempted grand larceny after he allegedly tried to steal a trailer from JT Automotive in Pryor.

The six by 16-foot enclosed trailer was being stored in the parking lot of JT Automotive which is monitored by video surveillance.

“During the course of my investigation I discovered that in the early morning hours of the first part of January, Edwin Wilden drove into the parking lot of JT Automotive and hooked up his 200 Chevy Blazer to the trailer,” according to the probable cause affidavit filed in the case, as reported by Pryor Police Detective Chuck Ward. “Wilden attempted to drive away with the trailer, but was stopped by a large chain and lock that was secured to another trailer.”

According to the affidavit, on Feb. 3, at 3:38 a.m., Wilden came back for another try.

“Wilden pulled his vehicle up to the trailer using his head lights to illuminate the trailer before backing up and turning off his headlights. Wilden exited his vehicle, walked to the area between the trailers and attempted to remove the lock from the chain by hitting it with the claw part of a claw hammer,” according to the affidavit.

Unable to defeat the lock, Wilden left the area.

Wilden was interviewed by Pryor Police Feb. 5, at which time he said his vehicle had a flat so he used the parking lot of JT Automotive while he fixed his tire.

According to the affidavit, Wilden said he only went between the two trailers to urinate.

“Wilden told me that if he would have stolen the trailer, he would have sold it to pay his property taxes,” according to Ward's statement in the affidavit.

The trailer is valued at $4,000.

Wilden appeared in Mayes County District Court Monday afternoon and was told his felony charge can carry from four years to life in prison. Bond was set at $75,000.

Wilden has a prior charge of attempted grand larceny and a charge of grand larceny filed in 2010. In 2009, he was charged with second degree burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property and possession of paraphernalia. Other prior charges include uttering a forged instrument, grand larceny and larceny from a house.