Timothy Marbrey, 32, 145 Ross Ave., Dyersburg, Tenn., and Jeffery Franklin, 28, 208 College St., Dyersburg, Tenn., are both charged with theft of property and burglary.
On Feb. 12, Dyer County Sheriff's Deputy Adam Fisher was dispatched to a storage unit on Parrish Chapel Road after a 2009 Yamaha 600 Grizzly and a 2002 Honda Ranger were reported stolen along with approximately 200 duck decoys, including motorized decoys.
Sheriff's Inv. Stoney Hughes had been assigned the case and was contacted by Goff about the decoys being in the man's possession and that Marbrey's involvement had been mentioned. Goff also told Hughes that Marbrey had turned himself in earlier at the jail on an outstanding warrant and was in the process of bonding out. Dyer County Sheriff's Lt. Ken Simpson went and interviewed Marbrey who reportedly stated Franklin had called him and asked him to take him to the man's residence so he could sell him the decoys. He added he took Franklin to the residence and he sold them to the man, but he didn't know for how much. He also stated he had no knowledge of any theft of any decoys or four-wheelers.
After the interview, Marbrey bonded out of jail. Hughes then spoke again with Goff and found out Marbrey was the person who initiated the sell of the decoys through text messages. Hughes, knowing Marbrey had just bonded out of jail, believed he and Franklin might try to get rid of the four-wheelers and other property since Marbrey had just been questioned about the theft.
Hughes was also able to identify a propane heater that was stolen from the storage unit in Marbrey's room at his residence on Ross Street.
While the suspects were in the Dyer County Jail, Hughes and Simpson were able to further investigate the thefts of the decoys and the four-wheelers. After some investigative work, the four-wheelers were eventually found in Cleveland, Miss. The investigators had to backtrack the four-wheelers from their exchange for a Ducati motorcycle in Olive Branch, Miss., which changed hands three times.
Hughes and Dyer County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Mike Boals traveled to Mississippi to retrieve the four-wheelers and brought them back to Dyer County. The remaining decoys were also located behind a house in Dyer County.
Franklin is out on bond, while Marbrey remains in the Dyer County Jail on a $5,000 bond. Both Marbrey and Franklin reportedly have pending burglary and theft over $1,000 cases with the city.
Dyer County Sheriff Jeff Box said he is glad to see the items returned to the owners and said it was the result of good investigative work.
"They did a good job running down leads and finally tracking the four-wheelers to Mississippi," said Box.
The two suspects appeared in front of Dyer County General Sessions Court Judge Jason Hudson last week and their case was sent to the upcoming Dyer County Grand Jury for review.