OKLAHOMA CITY – Catching a thief on tape was not enough evidence for a metro business owner to retrieve his stolen trailer from police.
Bill Bonadio, owner of Papa Dio’s restaurant in Oklahoma City, showed police surveillance video of his 18 foot trailer being hauled away from his property by a white four-door Ford F250 in the 300 block of NW 70th, January 10th, just before 5 a.m.
Bonadio said he personalized his trailer by attaching a covering to the trailer in order to protect kit cars he takes to car shows around the country.
He recently saw his trailer in a bank parking lot in NW Oklahoma City, but Bonadio had no proof of ownership.
He bought the trailer 12 years ago, but didn’t have records of the serial number, VIN number or bill of sale – meaning he couldn’t prove ownership of the trailer.
The current owner did have a recent bill of sale, but was not the thief.
Police say trailer owners should keep proof of ownership records and place at least two hidden markings on the trailer that only they would be able to identify.
Anyone who can identify the thief in the video should contact Oklahoma City police – a cash reward is possible.