West Plains man arrested in auto theft ring
Working from information obtained from the Fulton County Sheriff's Department and in conjunction with West Plains Police Department, officers of the Izard County Sheriff's Department located a 1991 Chevrolet truck reported stolen from Missouri.
Chief Deputy Earnie Blackley and Investigator James Humphrey made a traffic stop Dec. 13 on a vehicle matching the description of the one reported stolen. The driver of the vehicle, Jimmy William Alsup, 26, of West Plains was arrested and transported to the Izard County Detention Facility pending formal charges.
Upon further investigation by the Izard County Sheriff's Department, it was determined that two additional vehicles located within the county had been stolen in Missouri. Alsup was formally charged with three counts of theft by receiving, each a class "B" felony; and mutilation of serial numbers, an unclassified felony.
Each of the class "B" felonies carries a penalty of imprisonment for five to 20 years in the Arkansas Department of Correction.
All of the stolen vehicles were located in the Franklin area. Alsup posted a $10,000 bond Dec. 16 and is to appear in Izard County Circuit Court to answer to the charges.
Sheriff Tate Lawrence said the investigation is continuing and additional charges are likely. Lawrence commended Blackley and Humphrey for making the initial arrest within only a few hours after being notified.