Hardy Police Chief Ernie Rose took a report from Wesley Miller of Jim's Auto sales on Dec. 1, after he discovered his Hardy business burglarized and a 2008 Ford F250 pickup taken from the lot.
Ironically, Sharp County Chief Deputy David Huffmaster had stopped by the car lot on the evening of Dec. 1 to look at the truck before it was stolen. On Dec.2, after the truck had been reported stolen, Huffmaster was in Thayer, Mo., purchasing feed for his cattle when he noticed what he thought appeared to be the stolen truck in a parking lot near Casey's Convenience Store in Thayer. Huffmaster called Central Dispatch to get the vehicle identification number of the stolen truck. As he was checking the number, a lady came up to the vehicle and told him some boys were having trouble with the truck and had gotten a ride to get help. They had put diesel into the gasoline powered truck. Huffmaster said there was a gas container in plain sight when he arrived.
Thayer Chief of Police David Bailey arrived at the scene and attempted to catch up with the driver of the truck.
Rose then came to Thayer to fingerprint the truck, which led to the arrest of Cody Ty McCann, 21, of Thayer. He was charged with theft of property, a Class C felony.