UPDATED: Oklahoma man unknowingly purchases stolen property
Video Updated at 10:34 p.m.
OKLAHOMA – When you buy something from a pawn shop, you probably think you are getting a pretty good deal, but one Oklahoma man is rethinking that after he discovered a trailer he recently purchased was actually stolen property.
When Seth Byerley got back to work after Christmas break, he noticed something was missing.”We noticed the trailer was not there, and that the locks had been all drilled out and were all just laying in the parking lot,” he said.
Byerley just bought it and had thousands of dollars worth of tools inside. He called the police and filed a report.
“All of our different rods that we use to do the dent-less paint repair,” he said. “Losing that trailer really crippled our business for a couple of weeks. We didn’t have anything to even do our jobs with.”
“Inside we had a 40 foot gorilla that we’ll blow up and do an advertisement,” he said. “Just an instant eye catcher.”
And that is just what one of those signs did, but it did not catch the eye of a potential customer, it raised the eye brow of a man who unknowingly bough Byerley’s stolen trailer from a pawn shop in Newcastle.
He found one of the signs still inside the trailer and the number on it.
“I had that feeling that it belonged to somebody,” Charley Gravitt said. “So I called him, and he was just ecstatic.”
Gravitt had purchased Byerley’s trailer from Pawn Sharks for nearly three thousand dollars and was just now learning it had been stolen from Byerley’s Oklahoma City Repair Shop.
After contacting the pawn shop and arguing over the phone with them about the stolen property, Gravitt and Byerley met police and the pawn shop refunded Gravitt most of his three thousand dollars.
Gravitt’s happy he got his money, but he will not be visiting again.
“I won’t be buying anything from a pawn shop,” he said.
As for Byerley and whoever stole the trailer in the first place, Byerley wants police to get to the bottom of it.
“I would like it if they would at least arrest the guy,” he said.
In order for Gravitt to get his money, he and Byerley agreed to give the pawn shop 400 dollars which is half of what they paid for it.
NewsChannel4 talked with the pawn shop, and they claim they ran a check on the trailer, and it did not come back stolen.
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