Patrick Richardson

Managing Editor

A Columbus man and a Kansas City, Kan., man were arrested last week as part of an investigation into the theft of farm equipment.

According to a release from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department deputies began the investigation on Thursday. Patrick Colston, 29, Columbus, and Kevin Brown, 36, Kansas City, Kan. were arrested on June 15. Colston was arrested on three counts of burglary, three counts of felony theft and three counts of felony criminal damage.

Brown was arrested on one count of theft and was released on $2,000 bond. Colston posted $31,500 and was released.

Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves said Monday after search warrants were served at 117 North Minnesota and 304 West Walnut, both in Columbus, deputies recovered parts and equipment which had allegedly been stolen from a farm in the northwest part of the county.

Additional parts were recovered at Advantage Metals north of Columbus. Colston and Brown were allegedly trying to scrap the parts for cash.

Additionally, Groves said they recovered appliances which were allegedly stolen from a mobile home which was apparently also lit on fire. The two cases are apparently unrelated. Groves said the investigation into the mobile home burglary is on going.

Groves said they recovered more than $10,000 in stolen property.

Groves said both investigations are ongoing, and additional arrests and charges are possible.