Man Accused Of Stealing Travel Trailer And Construction Trailer From Walnut Hill

March 24, 2023

A Pensacola man has been charged with the alleged theft of a travel trailer and a construction company’s trailer from Walnut Hill.

A 2018 Forest River travel trailer was reported stolen March 16 from Highway 97 just south of Ernest Ward Middle School. The same day, a 20-foot enclosed construction trailer was stolen from a business on South Highway 99 at HIghway 97,  about a half mile from where the travel trailer was stolen.

Damien Matthew Lopez, 42, was charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, grand theft from $20,000 to $100,000 and grand theft from $10,000 to $20,000.

The construction trailer was valued at $15,000 and contained construction tools and equipment valued at $40,000.

A few days later, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office investigators were made aware of evidence showing a white SUV pulling the travel trailer at the intersection of Highway 29 and Highway 97. Using a tag number from the SUV, they were able to trace the vehicle to an address on Bradley Street in Pensacola.

Deputies found the enclosed trailer at the Bradley Street address. They said it was freshly painted, but the Walnut Hill business’ logo was still visible through the paint. Investigators executed a search warrant on O’Daniel Drive in Pensacola where Lopez and numerous tools belonging to the Walnut Hill company were located, according to an arrest report. Additional stolen items were recovered from an address on Highway 297A.

Lopez allegedly sold the travel trailer to another individual for $500. At last report, the travel trailer has not been recovered.

Lopez was released from the Escambia County Jail Thursday on a $30,000 bond.


6 Responses to “Man Accused Of Stealing Travel Trailer And Construction Trailer From Walnut Hill”

  1. Northender on March 28th, 2023 6:41 pm

    Good work ECSO. This is the wrong end of town to be stealing from. Nobody’s gonna cover for you up here, we talk, we watch out for each other and most all are locked and loaded. You’ll pick the wrong house one day.

  2. Solutions on March 24th, 2023 2:06 pm

    I have a solution…. Let’s give him a job picking up trash on our roads. I think the county has a trailer he can put it in.

  3. TS on March 24th, 2023 11:59 am

    Our dump trailer was stolen a couple months ago in McDavid, wonder if we have him to thank…

  4. Paul W.Schwartz Jr on March 24th, 2023 11:37 am

    He’s a real class act , get a job !

  5. SW on March 24th, 2023 9:03 am

    @Hmmm, good point. Why are these people from down south coming up here to aggravate us? We live up here for a reason.

    And, who buys a 2018 travel trailer for $500 and thinks it is legitimate (presuming it was in any kind of decent condition)? Hopefully, they get picked up, soon.

  6. Hmmm on March 24th, 2023 2:22 am

    He needs to keep coming up here to Walnut Hill and stealing stuff. Someone will help him curb this habit.