Being a repo man has got to be among the most hated professions out there. Nobody likes the repo man. He only comes to take your stuff, due to things like non-payments and what not. Tracy Ford may be the most hated repo man yet. He wasn’t repossessing cars for companies. He was stealing vehicles from people and using them for his businesses.
Ford runs two businesses in McIntyre and Milledgeville called Ford’s Recovery and Body Shop and Hooker’s Recovery. He deals in repossessions, but was not on the Sheriff Department’s rotation of repossession companies (one reason he was able to “fly under the radar” for so long). In its investigation, the Wilkinson County Sheriff’s office received a tip from Baldwin County that a recovered stolen car was being driven by one of Ford’s relatives.
The investigation led law enforcement to officers seizing a dozen vehicles from the repo man, ten of which were being housed in his businesses. “Everything in it was stolen, except the dirt on the floor,” said Captain Brad King of the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office. Along with the three tow trucks used in Ford’s service, police found cars, trailers, pickups, a semi truck and several pieces of equipment, all of which were worth a combined $500,000. The semi truck alone is said to be worth $100,000.
The majority of the stolen items are reportedly from the Atlanta area. King said, “Given what we’ve found so far, it leads me to believe they will probably recover some more.”
As of now, Ford, the now former repo man, is facing 12 counts of felony theft by receiving stolen property.