(CRESCENT) Two men were arrested on theft charges in Pottawattamie County.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said Deputies were called to an area near 145th and Sandy Loop, north of Crescent, for a suspicious vehicle with Nebraska plates. Deputies located an individual in the area that was cutting up what looked like old farm equipment with a torch. Danker said another Deputy located the suspicious vehicle, which had left the scene, and brought the driver back to the scene.
“Apparently the guy that was cutting up the farm equipment stated he had been there and this other guy; he referred to him as his boss, had him cutting up this old farm equipment/metal all week and they had hauled a couple loads of metal into salvage yards in Omaha,” explained Danker. “We were able to locate the owner of the property (where they were cutting the metal) and they said the men did not have permission to be there.”
Danker said 52-year-old Terry Kelly, of Omaha, the individual that was cutting the metal, was arrested for 2nd Degree Theft, 3rd Degree Burglary, 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief and Possession of Burglary Tools. The driver of the suspicious vehicle, 47-year-old John Gundersen, of Missouri Valley, was arrested for Driving While Barred and 5th Degree Theft.
Danker said this is a good reminder that if you see someone, or something, out of the ordinary to give the Sheriff’s Office a call.
“The people up there have really been hit pretty hard,” said Danker. “Because of the flooding there is not a lot of people up there and there has been a lot of people victimized by people stealing things, whatever they can up there.”
Danker said the men had around $2,000 in stolen property.