Isabella man charged with stealing backhoe

On April 23, Jerald Smith, of Isabella, was arraigned on a class D felony charge of stealing ($750 or more) and ordered to return to court at 9 a.m. June 11 for a criminal setting. The charges are in connection with allegations that Smith took a tractor that did not belong to him. 

According to the probable cause statement prepared by Ozark County Sheriff Cass Martin, at approximately 2 p.m. on March 28, the sheriff was advised of a stealing incident in Thornfield/Isabella area. 

The victim told the sheriff that Smith, who was his son, had removed a backhoe from a piece of property located in Isabella. 

“I contacted Mr. Smith and advised him the tractor has been reported stolen this time, and to keep from any charges being field with the prosecutor, he needed to return the backhoe back to the victim’s residence,” the sheriff’s statement says. 

“Mr. Smith advised he was given permission by his father to retrieve the backhoe if he was willing to work on it. Once Mr. Smith had retrieved the backhoe, his mother advised she was going to have it reported stolen. Mr. Smith advised he paid to have the backhoe hauled to residence. Mr. Smith advised he was not going to pay to have the backhoe moved back to his parents’ residence. Mr. Smith advised he was not going to pay for that service, because he would be out at least $1,300,” the report says. 

The sheriff contacted the victim and explained the conversation he had with Smith. The victim’s wife said she did not give Smith permission to come get the tractor, and when she spoke to him, she said he told her, “Good luck finding it.”

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