A tip to Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies about two men trying to sell stolen boat motors led to the arrest of both men Monday afternoon, officials said.
A tip to Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies about two men trying to sell stolen boat motors led to the arrest of both men Monday afternoon, officials said.
Joshua Schmall, 23, and Nicholas Sears, 24, were taken into custody after sheriff’s investigators found them at a business in the Dollarway area and located the motors in the bed of the truck they were driving, officials said.
During a court hearing Wednesday, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said a caller had given deputies the serial numbers of the boat motors and they were able to identify the owners of the motors by contacting the manufacturers.
Investigator Mickey Buffkin reported that when the owners were contacted, they confirmed that the motors had been stolen.
Buffkin also said when Schmall and Sears were located, the serial numbers of the three boat motors found in their truck matched the serial numbers of the stolen boat motors.
Kizer said both Schmall and Sears “don’t like to come to court,” and said each of them had about 20 failures to appear in various district courts all over the state.
In addition, Schmall is currently on probation after pleading guilty to theft by receiving charges in April.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $50,000 bond for both Schmall and Sears after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge them with three counts of theft by receiving.
The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Schmall and Sears and they were told to come back to court Oct. 10.