- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Authorities say two Council Bluffs men are suspected of stealing a tractor and abandoning it when it became stuck in the mud.

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says 55-year-old James Sarver and 46-year-old Leroy Tichota were arrested Monday night. They each face a charge of first-degree theft in connection to the disappearance of a 1967 John Deere tractor from a farm in Hamburg.

Sheriff Kevin Aistrope says he was following a suspicious vehicle Monday which led to a brief pursuit. During that time, Aistrope located the tractor stuck in the mud. Additional information about the circumstances was not available.

The Omaha World Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1oVvDFh ) the fleeing vehicle was eventually stopped. Sarver and Tichota, who were in the car, were arrested. Messages left for their attorneys were not immediately returned.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, https://www.omaha.com/

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