CHARLESTON -- Two Mississippi County men were arrested on charges of stealing farm-related items and officials say more arrests are expected.
According to Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore, eight items stolen between 2003 and 2005 were recently recovered in Carter County. The estimated value of the recovered items, which were all stolen from Mississippi County residents, were valued in excess of $65,000.
Items such as tractors, John Deere gators, four-wheelers and even livestock were located, and many items were returned to the owners.
Danny Lee Byrd, 19, of Anniston was arrested May 2 and charged were eight counts of stealing a motor vehicle and two counts of burglary in the second degree. He has since been sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections.
Ronnie Moreland, 43, of East Prairie was arrested July 20 and is out on bond, awaiting sentencing on charges resulting from the investigation.
More arrests are expected to be made as the investigation is still under way and officials hope more items will be recovered and returned to the owners. Mississippi County Chief Deputy Charlie Marcum led the investigation with assistance by the sheriff and Deputy Janice McCameron.
Mississippi County Prosecuting Attorney Darren Cann said that such criminal behavior as this will not be tolerated in the county and he will work with law enforcement to ensure charges and prosecution will be executed.