ARMA — Two Fort Scott residents were arrested early Friday morning, after allegedly stealing a trailer from an Arma resident.

According to a release from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, at about 12:18 a.m. Friday, Crawford County 911 received a call from an Arma resident who reported that he was following a Chevrolet truck pulling a trailer that he identified as his. It was discovered later that the truck was driven by Austin Tyler Arnold, 26, of Fort Scott with Maddison Sarah-Jane Hendricks, 21, of Fort Scott, as a passenger.

The alleged victim noticed the trailer missing from his residence earlier and when he saw it behind the Chevrolet, he followed it north from the Arma area. A deputy located the truck and trailer west of Arcadia where Arnold allegedly failed to yield and fled north from the area north on 260th Street from 710 Avenue. Arnold continued north on 260th Street until he was unable to negotiate a curve at 260th Street and 725 Avenue. He allegedly entered a field and both occupants abandoned the vehicle on foot, entering a creek. Hendricks was located on the embankment and was placed into custody. Arnold was able to cross the creek and hid in the timber to avoid detection. With temperatures in the 30’s a search was conducted and local homeowners were notified of an at-large individual. Later that morning, a deputy located Arnold and took him into custody.

Both Hendricks and Arnold were transported to the Crawford County Jail and have since bonded out. The stolen trailer was released to the owner at the scene.

Arcadia Police and the Vernon County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Office assisted in the incident, which remains under investigation by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

Arnold was arrested on charges of parole violation, theft of property between $1,500 and $25,000, fleeing or attempting to elude by engaging in reckless driving and felony obstruction.

Hendricks was arrested on charges of felony obstruction and possession of stolen property with a value between $1,000 and $25,000.