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Izard County thefts investigated

Thursday, September 4, 2008

An Izard County deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on a suspicious vehicle in Guion the night of Aug. 13.

Deputy Phil Story was patrolling in the Guion area and was specifically working in response to some recent thefts in the Guion, Love Hollow and Lafferty areas. Deputy Story noticed an older model small truck without vehicle license carrying household items similar to items recently stolen from the area. A stop was initiated on Main Street as the truck was approaching Highway 58. The truck then fled west on Highway 58, crossed the White River Bridge, all the time failing to stop.

The truck continued traveling erratically, at a high rate of speed, and attempting to cause Story to wreck. Driving 1-1/2 miles into Stone County the truck's driver ramed the patrol car and immediately exited the vehicle and ran into the woods.

Tracking dogs from the North Central Unit of the Arkansas Department of Correction picked up the initial trail of the suspect but later lost it. A check was made on the vehicle, which came back as no registration.

The truck and contents were towed to the Sheriff's Department impound yard. Items in the truck believed stolen include push type lawn mowers, full sized headboard and other items.

Sheriff Tate Lawrence stated that the department had developed two possible suspects and is continuing the investigation. Anyone having such items stolen in recent days should contact Izard County Chief Investigator Charles Melton at 870-368-4203.

In a related matter, Sheriff Lawrence and Investigator Melton visited a house at the intersection of River Road and Love Hollow Road near Guion and saw items believed to have been stolen. However, the theft of these items had not been reported as stolen.

These items include electrical wiring, numerous small propane tanks, heavy duty extension cords and various other items located on property owned by Billy Joe Davis.

He stated the property in question was brought to the location by a person whom Davis identified as Jerry L. Lewis. Sheriff Lawrence said, "Whoever is stealing this stuff focuses on houses where no one lives or isolated farm buildings."

Billy Joe Davis was arrested Aug. 21 on out of county warrants for hot checks. A young male juvenile living at the Davis property is said to not have been enrolled in school since December 2007. Davis posted bond Aug. 23 in the amount of $205 and was released from the Izard County Detention Facility but remains under investigation.

Also arrested was Joan E. Carlson, 47, a female companion of Davis. She was arrested and transported to the Stone County line on a Stone County warrant for violation of Arkansas Hot Check Law.

Sheriff Lawrence said the department is seeking the identify of the person or persons known to drive the impounded vehicle, a 1986 Nissan pickup, rust colored. The Sheriff's Department is also looking for a white older model small truck, a light colored older model two-ton-flat bed truck, and a red older model S-10 Chevy truck.

Anyone having seen these vehicles in the Guion area are asked to contact the Izard County Sheriff's Department.