The Horseshoe Bend Police Department seized stolen property from a residence in Calico Rock Dec. 29 and recovered additional items from Taylor's Auto Salvage in North Little Rock in connection to a burglary at Crown Point Resort Dec. 15.
Approximately $4,500 in tools and equipment was stolen from the maintenance building at the resort, said Police Chief Fred Mitchell. There was no forced entry into the building, Mitchell said, but the suspects used cutters to cut a galvanized cage inside the building where tools were kept.
Mitchell said the police department received information that former residents of Horseshoe Bend were in town the night of the burglary and were seen driving a van.
During the investigation Mitchell said his office was alerted that two of the suspects were arrested Dec. 16 after allegedly robbing an elderly woman on crutches at a Kmart Store in Cabot.
The two suspects, Allen Winemiller and Jeremy Wray, were apprehended by an undercover police officer in conjunction to the robbery.
Mitchell said that according to Sgt. Steely of the Cabot Police Department the two suspects claimed they had been in Little Rock on the previous Friday where they had traded the van they were driving for a Chevrolet Beretta because the van needed some mechanical repairs.
Steely told Horseshoe Bend authorities the pair refused to tell him where the van could be located.
Steely told officers Cabot police were also interested in finding the van because several burglaries had occurred in Cabot.
Following up on a lead, Lt. Sam Ray of the Horseshoe Bend Police Department found some of the stolen items at Jeremy Wray's home and additional items were found at the car dealership.
In the course of the investigation officers discovered that Winemiller had been a former employee at Crown Point Resort.
Mitchell said the suspects used some of the stolen tools as collateral for a trade-in to purchase the Beretta.
GOODS RECOVERED: Horseshoe Bend Police Chief Fred Mitchell shows some of the stolen items from Crown Point Resort that Lt. Sam Ray tracked to a residence in Calico Rock and a car dealership in Cabot. Photo/Ariola.