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Four arrested on theft charges

Thursday, July 6, 2006

Fulton County authorities have arrested four suspects in Viola-area thefts in April and June.

Eric Ray Hutson, 22, of Viola is facing theft and burglary charges stemming from a June 11 incident.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office dispatched deputy Kevin Burns to a domestic dispute call on Pickren Hall Road in Viola June 11. When he arrived at the scene, several people were arguing about items being taken from a car, Burns said.

One person said Hutson had left with a 19-year-old female and another person in a Buick with stolen items from Boggie Point, one of the items mentioned being a trolling motor, according to authorities.

Authorities located Hutson and the other two people at a residence in Viola. Upon questioning about the trolling motor Hutson admitted to taking the motor and putting it in his mother's shed.

Burns said he asked Hutson to take him to the location of the trolling motor which he did. Upon recovery of the motor, Burns arrested Hutson and took him to the sheriff's office for further questioning, according to authorities.

Burns said Hutson disclosed several places that he broke into along with items he had taken around Boggie Point area near Kerley Point. Burns said Hutson wrote and signed a confession to his criminal activity over the past year.

Hutson faces charges of residential burglary, a class B felony; theft of property, a class A misdemeanor; and criminal trespass, a class B felony.

The female accompanying Hutson was arrested that night and sent to the Izard County Detention Facility. No charges have been filed but the investigation is pending, Burns said.

A Byron man is facing burglary and theft charges after allegedly stealing a pellet gun and a piece of sheet metal from a Viola residence on April 19.

Fulton County Deputy Kevin Burns received a complaint from a Viola resident that his home had been broken into April 19. Burns said the resident gave him the name of Gregory Guy Smoot when asked who he thought would have done the crime.

Smoot, 19, of Byron confessed to being a look-out man for two other individuals, one being a minor male, who he said entered the residence the night of April 19, according to authorities.

The minor, of Viola, admitted in a written statement that he had gone onto the property and removed a pellet gun from the porch of the home as well as a large piece of sheet metal from behind a shed on the property, authorities said.

The mother of the minor admitted in a statement that the stolen items were at her house, according to authorities.

Smoot and the minor are charged with residential burglary, a class B felony and theft of property, a class A misdemeanor. The minor will be charged as an adult. He is currently at the juvenile detention center in Batesville.

No charges had been filed against the other suspect as of press time.

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