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Man finds his stolen tree stand for sale on Craigslist


A young Stafford County man was arrested late Friday after police said he tried to sell a stolen tree stand to someone who turned out to be a county deputy.

Sheriff’s Maj. David Decatur said the tree stand, valued at $100, was stolen Oct. 18 from property at Aquia Overlook. The victim, who lives off Garrisonville Road, said he went hunting there that day and when he returned the next day, the one-man tree stand was missing.

The victim was contacted Friday by a friend who told him that his tree stand was being advertised on Craigslist for $75.

Decatur said the stand has distinctive markings that distinguish it from other stands.

The victim showed Deputy Marshall Wood the listing, and Wood later contacted the seller to ask about buying it.

Wood and the seller made arrangements to meet about midnight at the Navy Federal Credit Union on Corporate Drive. Late that night, the seller contacted Wood and said he was at the pre-arranged location in a Dodge Ram pickup truck.

A short time later, Wood showed up in uniform in a marked cruiser and asked the seller what he was doing in a bank parking lot that late. The man told Wood he was there to sell a tree stand he had gotten from a friend. After informing the man that he was the one he’d been communicating with, Wood arrested him.

The tree stand, which was in the back of the truck, was returned to the owner.

Jackie Ray Morgan, 19, was charged with possession of stolen property. He was released on an unsecured bond from a magistrate’s office, and Wood gave him a ride back to his vehicle, Decatur said.

Keith Epps:  540/374-5404