Arrests made in car theft incidents


June 15th, 2011 by Ric Hanson

Two Red Oak men were arrested Tuesday afternoon in Montgomery County on theft and criminal mischief charges, after they allegedly stole vehicles from Page and Montgomery Counties, and wrecked both vehicles. Authorities say 19-year old Cody Dean Johnson and 20-year old Micheal Eugene Sickels, both of Red Oak, allegedly stole a 2000 Buick Regal from a residence off of Highway 48, between Shenandoah and Essex, early Tuesday morning. The wrecked car was found just before 1-p.m. Tuesday, in Montgomery County.

The duo also allegedly stole a 1992 Oldsmobile. Sheriff’s officials say they drove the car through two corn fields, causing over $1,000 damage to the crop belonging to Gordon Arnold, of Red Oak. The vehicle was also driven over a creek embankment before Johnson and Sickels allegedly tried to set it on fire. The vehicle was considered a total loss.

The pair were taken into custody at around 3-p.m. Tuesday, on charges of theft in the second-degree and criminal mischief in the second-degree, and were being held in the Montgomery County Jail on $10,000 bond each.

Additional charges were leveled against them in Red Oak from incidents which occurred earlier in the day in Red Oak, and, charges are pending in Page County.