Two Men Arrested; $3 Million in Stolen Property Recovered

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Two Crawford County men were arrested Wednesday (June 12) after deputies discovered approximately $2 Million in stolen heavy equipment and lumber.

Toby Yancy, 42, and his father Carnie Yancy, 62, are accused of stealing equipment from around the area, as well as places like Boston, Mass., and even Canada. Both men were booked into the Crawford County jail.

"Both have been charged with 6 counts of theft by receiving over $25,000 dollars and also theft of property," said Crawford County Sheriff Ron Brown.

Yancy is facing seven counts of theft by receiving, forgery and firearm and burglary tools possession. His bond has been set at $37,500.  Carnie is facing seven counts of theft by receiving. His bond was set at $3,500.

This case started with a telephone call from the Madison County Sheriff’s office to me in reference to a stolen trailer.

Deputies discovered the stolen property store at Carnie’s home near Highway 215 near Mulberry thanks to a tracking device on one of the stolen trailers, according to Chief Deputy Jimmy Damante.

Damante says the men attempted to sell the trailer at a scrap yard in Springfield, Mo. It’s believed to have been stolen from a refrigeration company in Fort Smith.

On the Mulberry property and some land in Searcy, Ark., deputies and Arkansas State Police found expensive construction items like trailers, a bulldozer, backhoe, and large amount of lumber. Damante said investigators believe the father and son had been stealing items for months from several places.

One shipping container was confirmed to be stolen out of Canada, according to Sheriff Brown.

The investigation is ongoing.

Yancy is also a registered sex offender, according to Damante.