A Yellville man, 24-year-old Dylan Patrick Statum, was taken into custody Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest on felony theft charges regarding three stolen kayaks from a dock on Lake Norfork in August. Statum's arrest is the result of a joint investigation with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Enforcement Division and the Marion County Sheriff's Department. Statum faces three felony counts of altering or changing a boating identification number, along with felony theft of property.According to the affidavit in the case, information was received from a confidential informant the kayaks had originally been stolen from a dock by Nathan Scott Bellama and taken across the lake to be picked up at a later time. According to Marion County Investigator Silas Gibson, Bellama was taken into custody on September 27th. According to court records, Bellama faces two charges of felony theft of property and three felony counts of altering or changing a boating identification number.
According to the informant, Bellama allegedly stated the kayaks were "hot" and there were people posting on Facebook looking for them. The informant was able to identify the kayaks and lead investigators to Statum who had them stored on his property. All three kayaks had their serial numbers removed or scratched off.
A third person is being sought as the investigation continues.
Both Statum and Bellama are scheduled to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court to answer to the charges.
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