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Arrests Made in Bassmaster Classic Expo Theft

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Greenville Police Department (GPD) investigators have arrested a Greenville husband and wife in connection with the March 14, 2018 theft of a vendor’s enclosed trailer and over $200,000 in merchandise from the Hampton Inn parking lot at 255 Congaree Road. The merchant was in town from Delaware for the 2018 Bassmasters Classic.

Jerry Adam McCauley, 33, and Tabitha Rae McCauley, 31, were taken into custody on March 19, 2018. They were found sleeping in a stolen SUV in a parking lot at 1 McDaniel Green in Greenville. The SUV, which matches the description of the one involved in the theft, had run out of fuel.

Both face multiple charges to include grand larceny, criminal conspiracy, malicious damage to personal property, and possession of tools capable of being used in crime. Additionally, Mr. McCauley is charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen tag, possession of a controlled narcotic, possession of drug paraphernalia and was issued a citation for failure to stop for police after he was identified as the driver of the vehicle that fled from officers on March 15.

Investigators credit the recovery of the trailer and the subsequent location of these suspects to multiple tips they received after the GPD posted pictures of the trailer and SUV on its social media platforms shortly after the theft on the morning of March 14.

Much of the stolen merchandise remains missing. It contains the logo and/or words “Reelsnot”, which is a reel and line lubricant.

“I’m glad they’re off the street,” added Reelsnot CEO Noah Wheeler. “They’re not going to hurt someone else like a small business that might not be able to recover.”

Since the theft was reported last week, Reelsnot has been scrambling to recover from the loss of what Wheeler says was over $100,000 worth of merchandise. The burgeoning company has drawn help from Elite Series angler Mike Iaconelli, but is still stinging from the loss.

“We lost a ton,” added Wheeler. “Truthfully, I feel bad for them [the suspects]. I wish I could help them and get them back to being better citizens.”

Wheeler says the best way to help his company is to purchase a bottle of Reelsnot. Their product is available via Walmart, their own website, and Pitman Creek Wholesale.

They also ship direct to small retailers.

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