Two men charged with receiving or buying stolen trailer

WOODSTOCK — Two Florida men are being held in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on charges of altering a vehicle registration number on what Sheriff’s Office officials say is a stolen 53-foot utility trailer.

Maj. Scott Proctor, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, said the trailer was part of a tractor-trailer combination authorities found with the two men at a truck stop. Law enforcement officials have found no evidence so far that the tractor was stolen, Proctor said.

The defendants, Soslan Alexsandrovich Gagloev, 27, and Ivan Chernykh, 26, were arrested Oct. 25 after deputies were sent to the Love’s truck stop to investigate a report of a suspicious person.

“As a result of the investigation, deputies on the scene observed an altered VIN number on the trailer,” Proctor said.

A criminal complaint filed in general district court states that authorities found four altered VIN numbers after executing a search warrant on the trailer. A stolen vehicle check traced the ownership of the trailer to a man who identified it as property stolen from him in Arkansas, the complaint states. The owner pointed out “specific and unique damage and reconstruction” on the trailer, the complaint states.

Proctor said the investigation is continuing and other charges may be filed against one or both defendants.

Gagloev and Chernykh were released on bail Tuesday after appearing in court on charges of altering a VIN number and receiving or buying stolen property. Both men are scheduled to appear in general district court at 2 p.m. Nov. 20.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com

A headline appearing in Wednesday’s newspaper should have said that two men from Florida operating a tractor-trailer have been charged with receiving or buying stolen property. The story should have said that both were released from jail on bond after appearing in court Tuesday.

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