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Two charged after car spotted with stolen trailer

Published: Monday, March 31, 2014 11:34 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, April 7, 2014 1:27 p.m. CST
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Michael S. Gottal, 43, of Burlington
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Tiffany M. Huggins, 33, of Burlington

GENOA – Police said they pulled over a vehicle pulling a stolen trailer and arrested both the driver and passenger early Monday.

Michael S. Gottal, 43, of the 300 block of South Main Street in Burlington, was driving near the intersection of Melms Road and Route 23 about 2:55 a.m. Monday in Genoa when police stopped him after learning the trailer he was pulling was reported stolen in Winnebago County, according to a DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office news release.

A search of the vehicle uncovered a substance police suspect was crack cocaine, as well as burglary tools. The trailer is worth about $3,000 and contained about $5,000 in wire, police said.

Gottal was charged with theft, possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools and driving with a suspended license. He remained in jail Monday unable to post $2,500 bail.

The passenger, Tiffany M. Huggins, 33, who lives with Gottal in Burlington, faces charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of hypodermic syringes and possession of drug paraphernalia. Huggins was in jail Monday in lieu of $2,000 bail.

Kane County Sheriff’s deputies and Genoa police assisted with the traffic stop, the release states.

Gottal is next due in court April 21, and Huggins is next due in court Friday.

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