Baxter Co. man arrested after stealing ex-employer’s vehicle

Joseph David Young, 41, is being held at the Baxter County Detention Center after allegedly stealing a vehicle from his former employer. According to the probable cause affidavit, authorities were dispatched on June 1 to report a stolen vehicle. The victim said Young had worked with him in construction but did not have his own vehicle because it broke down. The victim allowed Young to drive a vehicle he owned to and from work.

The victim informed that a situation occurred at work in which he fired Young on May 30. The victim said he made several attempts to retrieve the vehicle but was never able to locate Young and knew he was avoiding phone calls.

The victim then located his vehicle and retrieved the keys from Young, but had to leave the vehicle on the property because he did not have another person to drive it off the property.

When the victim returned to retrieve the vehicle, it was no longer there.

On the night of June 1, deputies observed the stolen vehicle pass in front of them and carried out a roadside check. Young was informed that his driver’s license had expired and that he had an active warrant for his arrest. Deputies briefed Young on what the victim said about the stolen vehicle and said they knew the vehicle was stolen because they observed the broken steering column used to drive to the ignition for to start up. Young said he broke the steering column so he could take the vehicle in for repair. He also denied stealing the vehicle.

Deputies conducted a search of the vehicle which produced marijuana, marijuana wax and an unused syringe. Also located was an open beer in the cup holder.

Young said he opened the beer just before he was arrested.

Young was charged with felonies of theft of property and breaking and entering, and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance; second degree criminal mischief, possession of an open container containing alcohol in a motor vehicle and driving with a suspended license. He is also charged with recidivism.

Bail is set at $10,000.

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