South Dakota man found on Rock County farm charged with possession of stolen property

Yellow is the prime suspect in a South Dakota car theft.

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ROCK COUNTY — A South Dakota man was arrested Friday evening on charges of receiving stolen property after law enforcement was dispatched to a local farm following a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Upon arrival, a Rock County deputy was directed by the reporting party toward the back grove on the farm, where the callers had noticed a vehicle that didn’t belong to them parked on the property. The deputy ran the license plate, and the vehicle came back as reported stolen.

Inside the vehicle, the deputy located women's clothing, cotton balls, a second license plate, and two needles.

The deputy advised the reporting party to call for a tow of the vehicle and left to deal with another matter. The deputy returned when dispatch reported a suspicious person was on the property where the stolen vehicle was parked.

According to the report, the callers found a man, later identified as Coy James Yellow, 30, near the back of their house. Yellow informed the deputy he was on probation in South Dakota, and the deputy placed Yellow in handcuffs.


Yellow agreed to speak with law enforcement, and reportedly stated he had been driving with some people earlier and that an argument had ensued, and he’d been told to get out of the vehicle and walk. Yellow said he hadn’t known where he was at the time, and that he hadn’t seen the stolen vehicle.

The deputy then spoke with an officer from South Dakota, who stated Yellow was the prime suspect in the theft of the vehicle. He was detained on charges of felony possession of stolen property and his initial court appearance was scheduled for May 9.

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