By Randy Mitchell

City Editor

ADA — Two men were arrested Thursday after authorities said they allegedly stole thousands of dollars worth of farm equipment.

Arrested were Landon Eugene Littell, 29, Ada, and Robert Moorehead, 32, Allen. Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian said a burglary was reported at a residence on County Road 3470 in the Oil Center area Wednesday.

Robert Passmore reported several items stolen from his residence.

“(Passmore) advised that sometime during the night, his 1989 Ford Superduty Flatbed truck, 16-foot utility trailer with cutting rig, and Lincoln 250 pipe welder were stolen,” Deputy T.J. Heath said in a report.

Passmore later discovered his 1995 Case backhoe was also taken. During an investigation, the backhoe was discovered on a vacant property north of Passmore’s residence. Passmore’s son-in-law, Joey Ardrey, followed tracks from where the backhoe was parked to the vacant property.

Christian said during an investigation they discovered Moorehead and Littell were staying at a residence on state Highway 99 just north of Ada. Deputies checked the residence in the evening, but no stolen items were located. Littell and Moorehead also were not present.

Passmore’s daughter, Bobbi Ardrey, passed by the house Thursday morning and saw the stolen truck behind the residence. She called Heath who, along with Christian, Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers Keith Teel and Justin Pope, and Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Officer Vince Walters, converged on the residence and arrested Littell and Moorehead on suspicion of grand larceny and knowingly concealing stolen property. Both were taken to Pontotoc County Justice Center and held without bond until they could appear in court.

Along with the truck, deputies discovered the trailer, welder and cutting rig, officials said. Christian said the investigation is ongoing.

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