Georgia artist found stolen pottery trailer in Cary, police say

CARY, NC (WNCN) — While a Georgia man’s trip to Cary for the Lazy Daze Arts Festival was foiled by the Friday morning theft of his trailer full of pottery, the trip was not a total loss. Police told CBS 17 the trailer was successfully recovered on Monday, with most of the artwork intact.

Cary police say the trailer was recovered by Raleigh police on Monday and owner Robin Rodgers returned to North Carolina the same day to find his trailer and valuable artwork Tuesday morning.

Rodgers told CBS 17 on Monday that he only knew he had been found abandoned and hoped he would find most of his artwork unscathed.

“That’s the most important thing,” he said. “I hope it will be a happy reunion.”

The artist said he packed several crates filled with about 60 different works into a U-Haul trailer that was taken from his hotel parking lot along with his display supplies.

Just after Friday’s robbery, Rodgers said his heart sank when he looked outside his hotel room that morning.

Once in Cary, Rodgers said he parked his car and the U-Haul trailer at the back of the Hilton Garden Inn near Columbus Avenue. The next morning, he noticed that his car was still parked in the same spot, but the trailer attached to it was not there.

Rodgers, who traveled six hours north of Smyrna, Georgia, to showcase her pottery at Cary’s Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival over the weekend, said $10,000 worth of pottery was stolen from her.

Cary police were on the scene investigating the incident and, using security footage, a white Ford F-150 was spotted as a suspect vehicle, Rodgers said.

“It took a couple or more people and I would dare say they had to use a jack to lift it up,” Rodgers said.

Rodgers said the trailer weighed around 3,000 pounds and removing the trailer could not have been an easy task.

“We’re just crushed that the day before our show, everything we worked for was taken away,” Rodgers said. “The loss of all those hours of work and love is over.”

Thankfully, on Tuesday, the majority of that work and love went back to Rodgers who said making such works and selling them is a full-time job, a passion, and how he makes a living.

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