Bryan Gresham
Bryan Gresham

August 9, 2017

A 39-year-old man who recently moved to Carroll is accused of stealing a garbage truck in town last month and taking it on a joyride across miles of county roads until it got stuck at a county park.

Bryan Keith Gresham was arrested Saturday for operating a vehicle without the owner’s consent, a misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in prison.

Police officers used video-surveillance recordings to identify him, court records show.

Gresham and another unidentified person allegedly went to Carroll Refuse Service, at 326 N. Carroll St., about 3:05 a.m. on July 12 and took the truck. An employee there had inadvertently left the truck outside for the night, unlocked and with its keys inside.

Someone dumped the truck’s trash on Jade Avenue south of Carroll but was unable to raise the back gate again. The gate caused the truck to get stuck at Bennett County Park north of Ralston about 14 miles from Carroll Refuse Service.

Along the way, the truck’s rear suspension was badly damaged. Curt Snyder, president of the refuse service, said it appeared that someone might have tried to launch the truck into the air by speeding into gravel-road intersections where the roadway rises.

A video recording shows Gresham and someone else go onto the refuse service’s property the morning the truck was taken, court records show. Another recording shows Gresham and the person walking near where the truck was found.

Police Chief Brad Burke declined to say whether officers have identified the other person in the videos and if that person will also face a criminal charge.

Gresham recently moved to Carroll from Arkansas, court records show. He was cited in late June for urinating on a sidewalk along Court Street near the county courthouse.

Arkansas court records show his mother obtained a protective order in 2012 that barred Gresham from having contact with her after he “tried to come at me with murder in his eyes.”

“He started drinking again,” the mother wrote in a request for the protective order. “He choked me and tried to kill me before.”