Documents filed in the case against Wildcat Rentals owner Jerry Scott Estes allege that he would purchase stolen trailers and other items.
In the warrant that police used to search Wildcat Rentals, a Greene County deputy states the origin of the case and the items allegedly found at the business.
A confidential informant contacted the Rogersville Police Department on July 21, 2018 stating there were stolen trailers and equipment parked on the west end of the Wildcat Rental property. The informant also said that Estes would pay people who brought stolen property to Wildcat.
The informant was described as “known to law enforcement for fifteen years, has been a citizen in good standing with his community, and has no criminal history.”
A Rogersville officer went to the area of Wildcat Rentals after obtaining the information and arrested Kody Ray Rose who was driving a Ford F 350 truck reported stolen in Springfield two days earlier. Inside the truck were license plates that had been stolen from a Springfield area car dealer the previous day.
Rose, who claimed to be an employee of Wildcat Rentals, possessed handwritten documents that listed locations of recently reported burglaries. A document also listed “heavy equipment, trailers and tools with the word ‘get’ in front of them.”
Deputies returned a few days later to Wildcat Tool Rental and saw a stolen truck. After calling Estes to the business, and having Estes allow a search, deputies found stolen trucks, property from a Fordland plumbing business, an excavator and a Jeep Wrangler.
Rose later told investigators that he had stolen property, a Big Dog brand zero turn mower, and sold it to Estes who gave it to his son. The documents say that deputies confirmed through text messages and a conversation with Estes’ son that the mower transaction took place.
Deputies recovered the stolen mower and stated that Estes’ son did not know it had been stolen.
Estes was indicted by a grand jury on 10 counts of felony stealing and three counts connected to altering serial or item numbers. Rose is jailed in the Greene County jail on multiple charges and is a person of interest in multiple Springfield area investigations.