Scotland County Sheriff Wayne Winn reported the arrests on April 23rd were made after a pair of stolen vehicles were recovered near Memphis.
Law enforcement was notified of a traffic accident a few miles east of Memphis on route AA. A 1999 Chevy Impala was located at the scene, where it had run off the road, impacted a culvert and came to rest in a field, where the vehicle was abandoned. Later in the morning, a second abandoned vehicle was reported by a property owner, around six miles east of Memphis on Route AA.
An investigation found that the frist vehicle belonged to Trever Harris of Memphis, and had been stolen from a storage areaa few miles from the crash site on April 21st. The second vehicle had been taken from the Legion parking lot where it had been left by it’s owner after experiencing mechanical difficulties.
After an investigation conducted by the Scotland County sheriff’s office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Memphis Police Department, 18 year old Dakota Murray of Memphis and 17 year old Robert Richardson of Memphis, formerly of Edina, were both arrested, and a 16 year old male juvenile was taken into custody.
Murray has been charged with a class C felony of tampering with a motor vehicle, a class D felony of leaving the scene ofan accident that resulted in property damage, a class A misdemeanor of failure to drive on the right half of the roadway, and failure to wear a seat belt.
Richardson was charged with a class C felony of tampering with a motor vehicle.
Both Murray and Richardson are being held in the Scotland County Jail on fifteen thousand dollars cash only bonds.
Additional charges are pending against the individuals stemming from the joint investigation.