Michael Cowan, 49, was arrested Sunday on multiple charges, including theft of means of transportation and possession of a stolen firearm.
Maricopa Police conducted a traffic stop late Sunday at the corner of West Barcelona and North Terra Drive in Glennwilde when reports came in about a stolen trailer. The report stated Cowan was caught on surveillance cameras approaching the box trailer, attaching it to his vehicle and driving off.
After performing the traffic stop and identifying Cowan, officers placed him under arrest and questioned him about the box trailer reported stolen in his possession. He allegedly claimed that he was ordered to remove the trailer by an employer. MPD later determined that to be a lie.
While searching Cowan’s vehicle, officers discovered a 9mm handgun that was reported stolen in Phoenix. When asked about the weapon, Cowan stated it belonged to his wife. Police also reported Cowan stated he “knew the trailer was a set-up” and he “messed up.”
Police took Cowan to Maricopa Police Station for further questioning.
At the station, Cowan stated he had been observing the trailer for approximately two weeks and was under the impression the owner did not want it because of a parking sticker on the back.
Cowan was reported to have admitted he stole the trailer and had planned to keep it and put a salvage title on it. He allegedly also admitted to being a convicted felon of 10 years. When asked about the handgun in the vehicle, he said he bought it for his wife three years ago to protect herself. Cowan had never had his rights restored to have a firearm in his possession, according to MPD.
Michael Cowan refused to answer any further questions and was booked in Pinal County Jail. Other charges include possession of a firearm by a prohibited possessor. Bond was set at $2,500.