By Will E Sanders
TROY — Richard Caserta noticed something remarkably peculiar driving in front of him last week: his own stolen camper trailer.
Caserta, 56, of Piqua, was traveling through Piqua and then southbound County Road 25-A on April 4 when he spotted his camper trailer, worth $7,000, being pulled by a Dodge Durango in front of him.
He had reported the trailer stolen March 30 to local law enforcement and, while following his stolen camper, called police and assisted them in solving his own theft case.
Authorities later initiated a traffic stop after the trailer’s registration came back to Caserta and as a result the man he was driving behind, Steven L. Sage, 22, of Piqua, was arrested.
He was arraigned in Miami County Municipal Court on Monday for one count of receiving stolen property, a felony of the fourth-degree that carries a potential prison sentence of six to 18 months in jail.
Sage, who was given a recognizance bond, will next appear in court April 15 for a preliminary hearing.
Sage denied the trailer was stolen and claimed he was in the process of buying it from a man he met through an online classified site and police noted in reports that Sage lives a block away from Caserta.
Caserta, who remained on the scene of the traffic stop, later provided paperwork proving the trailer was his to authorities.
Officers released to the trailer to the possession of Caserta at the scene.
When reached for comment, Caserta said he was “tickled pink” to get his trailer back and said the timing of the find was just right. He said he couldn’t believe it once he realized it was his trailer.
“I thought, ‘Holy cow, that’s my trailer!” he said. “I was in the right place at the right time.”
Will E Sanders may be reached at 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall.