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Man pleads guilty to stealing trailers, cutting into scrap metal

A Cape Girardeau man has pleaded guilty Friday to stealing trailers and cutting them into scrap.

Joel Keith Day, 57, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, pled guilty to three felony counts of interstate possession of Stolen Goods before US District Judge Stephen N. Limbaugh, Jr.

With the plea, Day admitted that on Dec. 4, 2010, he stole an aluminum trailer and contents, with a value in excess of $5000, from a lot in Mount Vernon, Ill.

Around two weeks later, Day moved the trailer and contents to a storage building he had rented on Highway 25, in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. Day then had the trailer cut into pieces and sold as scrap metal.

On February 13, 2011, Day stole another trailer with a value in excess of $5000, from a lot in Anna, Ill.

Officials say on or about Feb. 13, 2011, Day moved the trailer and contents to the storage building he had rented, and again had the trailer cut into pieces and resold as scrap metal.

On February 17, 2011, Day stole a cattle trailer with a value of more than $5000 from a lot in LaCenter, Ky.

On or about February 20, 2011, he moved the trailer and contents to his storage building and once more, caused the trailer to be cut into pieces for resale as scrap metal.

Following a fire at the storage building in Feb. of 2011, Cape Girardeau County deputies followed through with a search warrant and recovered parts of the three stolen trailers.

Day faces a maximum punishment of 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine on each count.

Sentencing has been set for November 21, 2011.

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