Victim says thieves stole camera installed to capture burglars

Two men have been arrested and charged in Izard County with felony counts of theft and residential burglary, after they allegedly took a camera installed to catch thieves.According to the probable cause affidavit, law enforcement responded to Sanctuary Ranch along Lafferty Road in Mount Pleasant for a theft report.The individual filing the complaint said he had recently employed 27-year-old Matthew Martin of Batesville. During the time of Martin’s employment, a number of items had come up missing.

Photo: Matthew Martin 

The man said he installed cameras in an attempt to catch the guilty party. He said when he looked at the camera footage, he saw a white male he identified as Martin taking things out of their building. And, he said, “They stole the camera that was taking pictures of them.”

The man identified a second individual with Martin as 25-year-old Carson “Jordan” Davis of Batesville.

Photo: Carson “Jordan” Davis

The victim reported an 18-foot trailer, saddles, welder and a sand blaster missing. The items are valued at $17,400.

Investigators traced the trailer to Independence County, where Martin and Carson allegedly attempted to sell it. Video surveillance was obtained from a convenience store where the sale was attempted to the business owner.

Bonds for the two men are set at $25,000 each.

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