CHARLESTON, MO (KFVS) - A Charleston man was taken into custody in connection to a metal stealing investigation by the sheriff's office.
Javion D. Williams, 18, was charged with assault first degree and two counts of felony theft/stealing. His bond was set at $50,000 cash, or surety.
According to Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore, the investigation began October 24 when a welding business on Highway 105 contacted the sheriff's office about some machinery stolen from their property.
Deputies notified several area recycling centers about the theft.
The owner of the welding business then contacted the sheriff's office to report someone had stolen more items.
According to the sheriff's office, the owner of the business tried to contact the suspect, Javion Williams.
Deputies say Williams got into a white impala and tried to hit the property owner with the car before fleeing the scene.
The Impala was found at a Charleston home a short time later.
The next day the victim contacted the sheriff's office saying he had found the stolen property at two Sikeston area-recycling centers. A deputy went to both companies to get records related to the purchases.
From those records, the suspect was identified as Javion D. Williams. Later that day, deputies arrested Williams at a Charleston home and booked him into the Mississippi County Detention Center.
"Property owners have a right to confront thieves on their property, but doing so may put both parties at risk," said Sheriff Moore. "The safest route is to contact law enforcement and let us make that initial contact."
The sheriff says an alternative is for witnesses to document the suspect's description and the vehicle's license plate number, and then turn that information over to law enforcement.