Trailer Thefts Solved

December 27, 2019

Beginning in mid-October multiple investigations were opened into the thefts of trailers from residents in the Bronson area. LCSO Detectives had no leads until recently. Detectives were investigating an unrelated case and during an interview the name Josh Elam was mentioned. This person told Detectives Elam was responsible for stealing a trailer with a zero turn mower on it. An investigation into the theft of a trailer and zero turn mower had already been opened and no leads had been developed.

Detectives followed up on the information they gained during the interview. This led to the location of a 2012 trailer and Torro zero turn mower worth over $4,500 and were the exact ones that were reported stolen. Detectives recovered the mower and trailer and were able to return them to the owner.

Joshua Elam (4/6/80) of Bronson was located and interviewed by Detectives on December 21, 2019. During this conversation Elam admitted to taking the trailer and mower and offered an elaborate story of why he took it. He seemed cooperative and even allowed Detectives to search his truck. A .380 pistol was recovered and discovered to be stolen. Elam is a convicted felon and had an explanation for the gun too. Detectives took Elam into custody and transported him to jail. He was charged with one count of grand theft (trailer and mower), grand theft of a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His bond was set at $200,000.00.

Detectives continued their investigation and learned Elam was using “Letgo” and Facebook market place to advertise other stolen trailers. Detectives discovered during Elam’s crime spree he sold a second trailer and also got into a fight with his girlfriend. Additional charges of grand theft and domestic battery were filed late Thursday afternoon. And, more charges are expected in the near future.

Elam listed his stolen trailers on the internet and social media primarily in the Gainesville and Ocala area. He told potential buyers that he was either given the trailers or they had been abandoned at homes he was contracted to clean. The LCSO and victims of his crimes are asking anyone in the Gainesville or Ocala area to contact Detective VanDuren or Detective Narayan at 352-486-5111 if you purchased anything from Elam. Detectives want to work with any unsuspecting buyer and also help our citizens recover their stolen property.