VAN — Two men were arrested and charged after officers allege they broke into a neighbor’s home and stole a water heater, a ladder and a battery charger.

Michael Smith, 46, of an unknown address and Colton Legg, 26, of Van, were charged with breaking and entering in relation to the theft that occurred on Dec. 23 on Van High School Road in Van.

According to the incident report prepared by Boone County Sheriff’s Office Deputy EC Gibson, he was dispatched to the scene by Boone County E911.

At the scene, a witness told the officer that his brother’s residence had been broken into and that he had located the water heater through a basement window next door that was identified as the residence of Legg.

A second witness told the officer that he witnessed the two men dragging the water heater from the victim’s residence to Legg’s residence and putting it into the basement of that home.

The stolen property was recovered by the officer.

As of CVN print deadline, Legg was held at Southwestern Regional Jail on a $25,000 property/surety bond and Smith was held on a $20,000 property/surety bond. Additionally, Smith has another pending case in the court system.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at or at 304-307-2401.