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Two stolen vehicles recovered

Thursday, January 16, 2003

LOOKING FOR CLUES: Mountain Home detective Edward Griffin inspects the 2001 PT Cruiser abandoned in Horseshoe Bend Jan. 10. The vehicle was stolen from Mountain Home
Authorities believe the same suspect stole two vehicles and then abandoned them after running each low on gasoline. The first vehicle theft occurred in Mountain Home but the automobile was later found in Horseshoe Bend. The second vehicle was taken from a resident in Horseshoe Bend but later found in Mountain Home. Officers speculate the thief used the vehicles to travel to and from his destination.

The first vehicle was found when a city worker spotted a suspicious looking vehicle Jan. 10 parked on Rolling Lane in Horseshoe Bend. He notified authorities who discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen in Mountain Home.

Horseshoe Bend Police Officer Mark Boles recovered the missing PT Cruiser that was stolen from owners Angela and Terry Nance of Gepp Jan. 8. Lt. Sam Ray said the victim's belongings were intact in the vehicle and there was no damage to the car. Ray said apparently the suspect drove the vehicle until it was almost out of gasoline and abandoned it.

Interviews with neighbors confirmed the vehicle had been sitting for two days in the mobile home section of Horseshoe Bend.

Ray notified detective Edward Griffin of the Mountain Home Police Department about the recovered vehicle. The PT Cruiser was released to a family member after Griffin processed the vehicle.

The day after the PT Cruiser was recovered a 1987 Chevrolet Astro Van was reported stolen from the 1200 block of the Mobile Home Estates in Horseshoe Bend.

Amy Sheppard reported the stolen vehicle to the Horseshoe Bend Police Department and told authorities she was visiting a friend and left the keys in her vehicle at the time it was taken. Sheppard told authorities she discovered the missing vehicle when her husband went to get her purse out of the van around 9:30 p.m.

The van was recovered by the Mountain Home Police Department the following day. Ray said Sheppard's vehicle was not damaged and her belongings were found in the vehicle unharmed.

The investigation is ongoing in both cases, but Ray said he will be questioning a suspect in both thefts.

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