JAY – Arrest warrants have been issued against two men accused of stealing a smoker and metal from the Colcord Schools.
Phillip Dean Tracy, 43, of Colcord, and his nephew, Anthony Warth, 18, of Jay, have been formally charged with felony charges of knowingly concealing stolen property.
The men were charged after Delaware County deputies viewed a surveillance tape on July 25, allegedly showing the suspects selling metal to the West Siloam Springs Recycling Center, according to the officers report.
Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Pike and Investigator Ron Teel, went to the Tracy home where they were told by the suspect that he was approached by Warth to take him to the recycling center and that the metal was sold.
In a telephone conversation, Warth denied that Tracy took him to the recycling center.
According to the report filed, Deputy Pike took a report from Matthew Shackelford, a few days before, who claimed that his smoker, which was located at the Colcord Public School, was missing.
During the investigation, it was determined that other metal objects were missing from the school as well.
Investigators went to the recycling center where the smoker and a new posthole auger belonging to the Colcord School were identified. The estimated cost of the smoker is $1000 and the auger was valued around $600.
Warrants have been issued for the arrest of the two men and a $2,500 bond has been set.