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Pair charged with stealing & wrecking grandmother’s truck

by Teresa Eubanks, Journal Editor

Two men are charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle after taking it from a Hosford residence and wrecking it last month.

Michael Trickey, 22, and Shelby Williams, 24, were arrested for the stealing the vehicle owned by Williams’ grandmother.

The owner of the truck contacted the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office the morning of Nov. 30 after she realized her truck was missing, along with the keys to it that she kept on a hook in her kitchen.

Williams, who lives with his grandmother,  first told deputies the truck was there when he came home 3:45 a.m.

When asked about a laceration over his eye, the grandson said Michael Trickey had hit him with a “bait iron” several days earlier.

Williams was taken into custody after a homemade pipe and a white substance that tested positive for MDMA was found in his bedroom, resulting in charges of possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Deputies later discovered that the Florida Highway Patrol had investigated a crash involving the missing truck and had received a report that two white males were seen walking away from the site along CR 379A.

Williams later admitted to being in the truck when it wrecked earlier that morning and said Trickey was the driver.  He admitted handing over the keys to his friend, who still had them.  Williams also stated that his injury happened in the crash.

More charges were filed against Williams after deputies were alerted that his grandmother’s debit card had been used.

She realized the problem when she tried to pay her phone bill but was told she did not have sufficient funds.

Knowing what was supposed to be in her account, she checked with the bank and got a statement printed out which showed several unauthorized charges at Busy Boys and the Chevron, both in Hosford.

She also discovered three withdrawals from her account that totaled $132.50.

Her grandson later admitted he had used the card to withdraw money from ATMs in Bristol and Blountstown as well as to purchase gas in Hosford.

She said she had sent her grandson to get cigarettes, milk for his baby or other items but it was always with the understanding the he return the card immediately afterwards.

He was charged with fradulent use of a credit and two counts of petty theft.

In yet another case, Williams was charged with grand theft of a firearm and dealing in stolen property for taking his father’s .44-Magnum revolver, which he then sold to Bobby Foster for less than $300 and around $100 worth of methamphetamine.

The owner said the gun was discovered missing on Nov. 26 after he returned from a trip to Marianna.

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December 8th, 2017



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