On Friday, the Scott County Sheriff's Department sent out this press release:
BENTON, Mo. - Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter said today that two Southeast Missouri men were arrested Wednesday afternoon, following an investigation into the theft of stolen vehicle parts.
Walter said Charles Gross, 47, of Cape Girardeau and Lee R. Dykes, 44 of Sikeston, were arrested and charged with felony receiving stolen property and each p[osted a $10,000.00 bond.
According to Walter, the investigation concerned some stolen heavy equipment parts, stolen near Benton. While recovering the stolen property at a local salvage yard, detectives located and arrested the two suspects as they tried to sell more scrap metal.
Walter said the theft of metals such as copper and aluminum have increased dramatically over the past year, and hopes that continued arrests and convictions of these thieves will make people stop and think before they try to take someone else's property.