BENTON, MO (KFVS) - Two area men are currently in custody and have been charged in connection to a series of rural thefts in Scott County.
Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter says his office received a report of a farm machine shop burglary and theft Wednesday morning east of Benton.
Multiple tools were stolen along with a utility trailer.
Another machine shop burglary was reported in the same general area on Wednesday afternoon, but nothing was reported missing.
Late Wednesday evening police were contacted when the suspects returned to the scene of the second incident and allegedly attempted to steal tools.
The owner of the property, thinking the suspects would return, was watching the building.
The suspects ran from the area, leaving behind tools they just removed from the machine shop in a bag they had brought with them.
A vehicle description provided by the victim, along with an article in the tool bag led Morgan to the suspects who were still in possession of the burglar tools.
James H. Daniels II, 31, of Bell City, and Grant Daniels, 26, of Benton, have been charged with two counts of 2nd degree burglary, two counts of stealing, and two counts of property damage.
Daniels was also charged with unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.
Sheriff Walter said the majority of the stolen property, including the utility trailer, has been recovered.
Walter said rural crimes of this nature are very difficult to solve because of the geographical area where they occur.
James and Grant Daniels both remain in custody at the Scott County Jail.
Bond has been set at $1,500 cash, each.