VASSAR TWP. – Police allege a 47-year-old Macomb County man wasn’t merely trying to retrieve a stolen box trailer at Albrecht Auction Service L.L.C. on Tuesday – but drove a stolen pickup truck to try to haul it away.
Tuscola County Sheriff’s Department deputies, however, arrested David A. Pellecchia of Sterling Heights as he left the auction site at 875 State Road (M-15) south of Vassar, according to a press release from county Undersheriff Robert E. Baxter.
Pellecchia faces four criminal charges in connection with the incident.
Baxter stated in a press release that Deputy Cory Jacobs was contacted by investigators Tuesday about “a stolen 24 foot dual axle box trailer” that had been dropped off at Albrecht Auction Service. The trailer was reported stolen out of St. Clair County.
David Albrecht, owner of Albrecht Auction Service, said the stolen cargo trailer also had stolen items inside it. Albrecht said Pellecchia brought the trailer and goods to the auction service to sell the merchandise.
“It was discovered that the property was stolen before it made it to an auction,” Albrecht said.
An online consignment auction of a variety of items occurs weekly at Albrecht Auction Service – with items stored on an alternating basis between the M-15 location or at an Albrecht site at 3960 W. Saginaw Road in Vassar Township.
Police allege Pellecchia arrived at the M-15 auction service property driving a 2015 GMC pickup truck stolen out of Detroit. Deputy Jacobs and Deputy Spencer Coleman stopped the driver and arrested him as he left the auction site, according to the press release.
Police stopped the driver on the road after he left the auction service, Albrecht said. “They were on the lookout for him and did a good job doing their investigative work,” Albrecht said.
Pellecchia faces charges of unlawfully driving away a motor vehicle, and receiving and concealing stolen property valued at $1,000 or more but less than $20,000. Each of those felony charges carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Pellecchia also is charged with operating without a driver’s license, and unlawful use of a license plate.
Albrecht Auction Service, founded in 1954, has conducted online auctions for eight years, David Albrecht said.
“This is the first time this has happened to us and, fortunately, the trailer or the items weren’t sold,” Albrecht said.
Pellecchia posted bond earlier this week and remains free pending a March 27 hearing on the evidence.