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Felony charges filed

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Two Izard County men and an Arizona man are facing multiple felony theft and burglary charges after a break-in May 20 at an Oxford home.

According to the Izard County Sheriff's Department, Dustin Michael Baird, 18, of Melbourne, Joshua Shane Dockins, 19, of Oxford and Jason Tyrone Woods of Chandler, Ariz., stole $8,000 worth of electronics equipment from the house.

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said items taken included a camcorder, compact disc players, digital video disc player and a "substantial number" of DVDs.

Lawrence said he was impressed by how quickly his deputies solved the case.

"We got the call at 4 p.m. on May 21 and had them all arrested and 95 percent of the property returned by 11:30 that night," Lawrence said.

Deputy Dennis Atkins, the lead investigator in the case, was commended for his work, Lawrence said.

Chief deputy Earnie Blackley and deputy Jeff Shehan assisted in the case.

Formal charges against Baird, Woods and Dockins had not been filed as of press time. Bonds for the three will not be set until charges are filed. They are currently being held in the Izard County Detention Center in Melbourne.

Lawrence said the three men and a 15-year-old juvenile are expected to be arraigned in Izard County Circuit Court this week.

The juvenile is being held in a juvenile facility in Batesville.

Lawrence said the investigation is continuing and other arrests are likely.

A former Fulton County man has been charged with theft of property after he allegedly stole a truck from a Salem car dealership last month. Beau A. Estes, 26, has been charged with theft of property, a class B felony.

Fulton County Sheriff Walter Dillinger said Estes took a 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck from Hill's Auto Sales April 21.Salem Police Chief Al Roork said Hill's Auto Sales owner Brandon Hill allowed Estes to take the truck.

Roork said Estes told Hill that his parents would pay for the truck the next day. He said Hill called Estes' mother and she told him they were not purchasing a vehicle for him.

Dillinger said Estes was arrested without incident May 20 and the truck was returned to Hill's Auto Sales the next day.

"I'm thankful nothing bad happened when we arrested him," Dillinger said. "He was real cooperative with us."Estes, who lives in Springdale, was caught after trying to cash a check at a local bank.

Estes is slated to appear in Fulton County Circuit Court in June. Dillinger said Estes was released May 23 to the Pulaski County authorities for probation revocation.

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