(Alcorn County, MS) Two men are in jail accused in a series of vehicle thefts in west Tennessee.
But it was investigators in Alcorn County, Mississippi who caught them, and they say it’s a good thing they got them when they did.
Investigators say Robert Jackson and Adam Young, both from Huron, Tenn., stole older model vehicles from Madison, McNairy and Henderson counties.
They damaged them to make them look like “junk,” then brought them across the state line and into Mississippi to sell.
The owner of Vanderford Scrap Metal in Corinth said the pair “slipped under the radar”.
Alcorn County Investigator Reggie Anderson said the business should have been following the law more closely.
“They’re supposed to be getting an ID from anyone that sells scrap metal on the yard,” Anderson said.
Anderson said the owner got suspicious after the two men managed to sell several cars for scrap and he called Alcorn County Deputies.
“We returned to that property on July 19th with a search warrant and recovered five more vehicles. On the 20th of July we caught the subjects ‘in the act,’ trying to dispose of a vehicle that was reported stolen,” Anderson said.
Anderson said the two men used a Jeep Cherokee to tow the stolen vehicle when they were nabbed.
They reportedly swiped a variety of large vehicles from people’s yards and from parking lots.
They targeted vehicles that weighed more to bring more money at the scrap yard.
Anderson said the men will stay behind bars in Corinth while lawmen tally up charges against them for their theft spree in Tennessee.
He’s glad to get the two behind bars, knowing they would have probably kept on stealing.
“You know it’s a great feeling to be able to put someone behind bars that are stealing property.”
The two men could face up to ten years and up to $10,000 on each of the six counts of disposing of stolen property.