Oh, the iron-y: Suspected metal thieves busted following meeting on metal thefts | Crime
Two alleged metal thieves were caught red handed by Grant County's own sheriff, Tom Jones last night. Sheriff Jones was headed home from a town hall meeting in Wilson Creek at 8:45 and was just passing through Stratford when he noticed a black pickup truck parked in a pull off area near some farm equipment on Stratford Road Northeast and County Road 22.7-Northeast.
He saw the silhouettes of two men near the truck and realized the two were probably up to no good. He backed out of the area and called for backup. Chief Deputies Ryan Rectenwald and Ken Jones, who had also just left the town hall meeting were quick to arrive.
Minutes later, the black pickup took off north on Stratford Road and Jones and his chief deputies were close behind. The two men in the truck, 41 year old David Dodson and 40 year old Mark Hoose, were pulled over and detained.
The owner of the property where Dodson and Hoose were parked was called to the scene. Dave Stevens told Sheriff Jones that the two men did not have permission to be on his property. When their pickup was searched, the Sheriff and Chief Deputies found pieces of metal farm equipment which were in the process of being cut apart by a cutting torch.
The two were arrested and are both facing a long list of charges.
“The irony in this is we just finished speaking with the attendees of the Wilson Creek town hall meeting about metal thefts,” said Sheriff Jones. “This is another example of how prevalent metal theft crimes are, and how we will continue to try and stop anyone stealing metal for scrap.”