A Van Buren man was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing a tractor and high water and road closed signs. Tommy Reyes, 24, is the suspect in the case. Sequoyah County Sheriff Ron Lockhart said the sheriff's department was called to a farm south of Muldrow on Wednesday about a John Deere tractor and seeder being stolen and damaged on the night of May 25. Lockhart said that, after talking with witnesses, it was determined that a vehicle had stalled east of the location where the tractor was stolen and a farmer gave the subject a ride to Fort Smith. On Wednesday the flooded car was found less than a mile from where the tractor had been stolen. Inside the car were several high water and road closed signs which had been stolen from County Commission District 1 in the east end of the county. The vehicle was impounded and the owner contacted. Reyes was identified as the driver of the car, and he was then interviewed by investigators. After the interview, Reyes was arrested for stealing the signs and the tractor and doing damage.
Lockhart said, "We have had problems with people stealing high water and road closed signs from the county. These signs were placed on the roadway to stop cars from entering flooded roads. This is a life or death situation and anyone stealing signs that protect the citizens will be prosecuted to the fullest. It's a shame we have people who will steal hard-working farmers' equipment and do damage. We will not tolerate this type of activity and will do everything possible to bring these subjects to justice."
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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