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Greenville Co. business' $50K trailer stolen

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The trailer owner Charles Harris says was stolen Monday. (Courtesy Quick Response/Harris) The trailer owner Charles Harris says was stolen Monday. (Courtesy Quick Response/Harris)
The trailer owner Charles Harris says was stolen Monday. (Courtesy Quick Response/Harris) The trailer owner Charles Harris says was stolen Monday. (Courtesy Quick Response/Harris)
Surveillance from when the trailer was stolen on June 16. (Greenville Co. Sheriff's County) Surveillance from when the trailer was stolen on June 16. (Greenville Co. Sheriff's County)
TRAVELERS REST, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A trailer that's been a trademark for one Greenville County business is gone, and deputies said they're on the lookout for who may have taken it.

The trailer and all its contents are worth $50,000. Greenville County investigators are trying to help the owner recover what they can.

It's a 16-foot double axle trailer with Quick Response LLC logos on the sides.

"It's unmistakable," said owner Charles Harris. "If you painted over it you would still see it. You would have to peel the vinyl off."

Harris said it was locked down but added if someone really wanted to steal it, they could find a way.

When it vanished from storage Monday, Harris said he had to do a double take.

"My initial reaction was 'Wait a second, is my trailer somewhere else?' I honestly thought I parked it at my house," Harris said. "I never expected that visible of a trailer with that many locks would disappear."

Harris said his trailer's hitch and rear tires were locked, but even the locks were gone when he went to pick it up Monday morning. He said the only evidence of the trailer that remained was muddy tire tracks in the grass and driveway.

"The only thing I can think of is it was scoped out," Harris said. "They had to think about it for a while, devised a plan and then successfully executed that plan."

Harris said the trailer itself is worth about $7,000, but it's the specialized water extraction equipment inside that will really set his business back. He said the equipment is worth more than $40,000, and the damage to his wallet just keeps coming.

"If a customer calls me right now, I have to refer the job to someone else," Harris said. "When you are doing only 20 to 30 jobs a year, one job even is a huge impact."

But the business owner isn't giving up hope, Harris said the equipment is engraved with his personal information.

Local pawn shop Sam's Gun and Pawn told Fox Carolina that could keep criminals from being able to sell back his stuff.

"Especially if locks are still on the trailer, and they have been tampered with or cut we're going to stay away from it," said Justin McKinney of Sam's Gun and Pawn.

Harris said he feels lucky because he did have most of his items insured.

Authorities ask anyone that may have seen the trailer to come forward, and call the sheriff's office at 864-271-5210 or Crime Stoppers at 23-CRIME.

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