CLANTON, AL. (NBC) - A stolen trailer from nine years ago is returned in a condition that's better than ever. It's now being called the miracle trailer in Alabama.
Joe Perkins borrowed his boss' trailer to move his salvage business to the nearby city of Verbena. Then after unloading the trailer he left to visit a church member. While he was gone that trailer was stolen.
"We reported it to the officers, to the sheriff's department, and they told us, said we'll look for it but more than likely we'll probably not have any luck finding it. So, we just forgot it," said Perkins.
Then, two weeks ago the thief returned the trailer. Complete with new tires a paint job and an 8,000 pound wench! Perkins, who is also a retired Baptist pastor, calls it the miracle trailer.
"When something like this happens, we just praise the Lord for it because we still don't know who done it. And that's ok, I don't need to know," Perkins said.
The thief did leave behind an anonymous note. It states a drug and sin problem led to the theft, but the person claimed they had rededicated their life to God, who had forgiven them. The person wrote they hoped Joe Perkins would forgive as well.
"Don't give up on God, he still does things right," Perkins remarked after being asked what the moral of the story was.
Perkins and his wife have reported the returned trailer to the sheriff's department and say they've forgiven the thief. As for the spruced up, long lost utility trailer? "I'll use it some time or another, but I am not in a hurry," Perkins said. "I want to keep it pretty for a while. For a while."