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Football signs found, suspect arrested in Oakdale

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By Michelle Hollenhead

 

An Oakdale man has been arrested in connection with theft of the Oakdale Football Team’s trailer and $4,500 worth of signage.

Ricky Young was arrested Thursday night on charges that include theft, vandalism and filing a false police report.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office had received a call July 10 that the trailer had been taken, but it was found later that same day at Young’s house just down the road from the school, said MCSO School Resource Officer Ben Gunter Friday.

At that time, Young told officials that he had purchased the trailer from someone else in another county, and that was why it was in his possession.

It was returned to the football team that day.

However, about $4,500 worth of signs that had been in the trailer were missing.

The signs were ones placed around the perimeter of the field, and had the names of various team sponsors on them.

A break in the theft came last week from an unusual source – Young’s son.

He had been arrested in another county, and “starting ‘rolling over’ on his father,” Gunter said.

While the cache of items were recovered, Gunter said about half had been defaced or damaged.

“Probably half were cracked or broken in [two],” said Gunter.

“I think [Young] didn’t realize the signs were in there [when he stole the trailer], and was trying to get rid of them.”

Even though the sign recovery was not what officials had hoped for, Gunter said he was “happy to get [Oakdale] their signs back – they were looking at a lot of money to replace them.”

In addition to the theft and vandalism charges, Young has also been charged with filing a false report involving the trailer.

“He said he had bought it at a horse auction in another county, but we investigated it, and found out it was not even open on the day he said he bought it.”

Young also had two additional trailers on his property, that officials believe may have been stolen as well.

“We are not finished with him at all,” Gunter said.

Young was released from the Morgan County Jail after posting a $3,000 bond.