Josey Wilson
Josey Wilson
July 12, 2013

Zach Wailes allegedly stole last week a pickup truck - which sheriff's deputies chased on Monday in an attempt to apprehend Wailes - from the man who fired him from a construction job.

The truck was the first of three vehicles Wailes, 19, of Breda, and another Carroll County teen are accused of using to flee from arrest several times this week, according to court records.

Wailes went into a building on Larry Stork's rural Breda property on July 3 or 4 and stole the 2006 Chevrolet Silverado, a felony criminal complaint alleges.

Stork, owner of Stork Construction, had employed Wailes as recently as June 11, according to court records from Wailes' recent unrelated arrest for drug possession.

"Wailes was dismissed" from the job since that arrest, Carroll County Sheriff Doug Bass said.

The dismissal - among other evidence - led investigators to suspect Wailes of the truck theft, Bass said.

Stork could not be reached to comment for this article.

Wailes is also accused of going to the rural Carroll residence of Martin and Dee Halbur, cutting a lock to enter a building and stealing a camper, which Wailes and Josey Wilson, 19, of Carroll, allegedly used as a temporary home in a secluded timber northwest of Lake City.

Both had outstanding arrest warrants before the truck and camper thefts for failing to appear in court - Wailes for a drug-possession charge and Wilson for a trespassing conviction in which he owed more than $11,000 restitution.

The teens allegedly escaped Monday's high-speed chase with three Carroll County deputies in the stolen truck. Less than an hour later, they ran from the Calhoun County sheriff and two of his deputies from their alleged campsite northwest of Lake City, officials said.

Wailes and Wilson allegedly stole an all-terrain vehicle and car to escape the area. The car was later found at Spring Lake State Park in Greene County - where they reportedly went for a swim - but again the teens eluded capture when Greene and Carroll county deputies arrived.

The teens were finally arrested Tuesday night in Grand Junction based on a resident's tip.

Wailes now faces four felony charges in Carroll County - one each for theft and eluding and two for burglary - and is held in the county's jail. The theft charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison if he is convicted.

Wailes is also charged with two felonies in Greene County for theft and possession of a controlled substance.

Wilson is held in Greene County Jail on a felony charge for possession of stolen property for the car deputies found at Spring Lake. That is punishable by up to five years in prison if he is convicted.

The teens have allegedly admitted to several thefts from vehicles in the area, Greene County Sheriff Steve Haupert said, but no charges have been filed for those thefts, online court records show.