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Pedestrian welfare check leads authorities to burglary items

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Photos courtesy of Sharp County Sheriff's Department Detective Ken Guidry. Numerous items of jewelry was recovered Aug. 31 in Highland in a search warrant on the home of William Welch.
A suspicious person walking in Highland led Sharp County authorities to a home in Highland where numerous items were recovered from an area burglary.

Aug. 31, Officer Monte Lane with the Cherokee Village Police Department said he stopped a person who was walking in front of Clyde's Chuckwagon Restaurant around 6 a.m. in Highland. He said the suspect, later identified as Justin Stewart, told Lane he had been walking all night looking for a police officer. Lane said he simply stopped to see if he needed anything.

Stewart told Lane that he had an altercation with William Welch over money. He also said that Welch had been bringing items to the home with which he shared with Stewart and bragging about the stolen items. Stewart said there was also several guns and jewelry at the Welch home located at 320 Wilderness Drive in Highland.

Various items recovered during a search of the residence and home of William Welch at 320 Wilderness Drive in Highland Aug. 31
In a report obtained from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, Detective Ken Guidry said that based on the information obtained from Stewart, a search warrant was obtained.

Officers from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, with the assistance of Highland Police Chief Jeremy Stevens, executed the warrant. Jewelry was found in Welch's son, Chris Welch's room, which he and his girlfriend claimed they had received from William Welch. One of the items located was a man's Seiko watch engraved T. Pedano.

While officers were executing the warrant, Welch returned home and immediately began fleeing at the sight of the police vehicles. Due to the fact that Welch also had an outstanding warrant from Craighead County, officers went pursued him. Welch led police in a high speed chase on FM-101 Road. Welch then lost control of the Geo Storm he was driving and began fleeing on foot where he was apprehended shortly thereafter.

Guidry said there were various items in the back seat of the car, including a gun. At this point, Welch was arrested and the car he was driving, which had ficticious tags, was taken to the Sharp County impound yard.

On Sept. 1, a search warrant for Welch's Geo Storm was obtained and the search yielded numerous items including a flat screen television, a 410 shotgun, an air compressor and several tools, as well as a black box which had been described to officers by Stewart containing a bag of numerous pieces of jewelry, including a woman's Rolex watch.

It was later discovered that Aug. 5, Sharon Pedano had reported a burglary at her home. Pedano came into the sheriff's office and identified several items of jewelry, including the engraved watch.

After being advised of is Miranda Rights by Detective's Mark Counts and Ken Guidry, Welch waived his rights and spoke with the detectives. He told the men he ran because he was "high and scared." He also claimed he had been set up by Stewart, claiming he was the one who put the items in the car. He continued to change his story during the interview and based on that information, Guidry was charged with residential burglary of the Pedano home, possession of a firearm by a felon, felony fleeing and resisting arrest.

The value of the property returned to Pedano was $900. $3,000 in jewelry has yet to be claimed. Welch refused to give detectives further information regarding the items.

Welch is currently being held in the Sharp County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bond and $3,130 cash only bond for the Craighead County warrant.

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Thanks goes out to all those involved in getting this guy off the street. A person can now fill safer at night - knowing that we have some of the finest officers working for us around the clock.


-- Posted by trinity on Thu, Sep 10, 2009, at 3:48 AM

Nice work but why was a CV officer not patroling in CV? Highland has its' own PD personnel.

-- Posted by troutman on Thu, Sep 10, 2009, at 11:10 AM

Clyde's Chuckwagon is actually in Cherokee Village.

-- Posted by jojosmith on Thu, Sep 10, 2009, at 5:07 PM

Troutman, what is your problem with Cherokee Village Officers? They are doing a FINE job in Cherokee. As jojosmith said, Clydes is in Cherokee Village, there are several places on the highway that are in the Cherokee Village jurisdiction, also Cherokee Village Officers are commissioned in the county so they can work there too. Good Job to ALL officers that assisted on this!

-- Posted by Sharp County Resident on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 10:20 AM

Sharp County Res, I think you miss the point. So they are commissioned in the county.They work for the village and should spend a majority of their time in their jurisdiction that is their primary responsibility "To Protect and Serve" the citizens of Cherokee Village.

It is nice that they do assist other agencies but we come first.

-- Posted by troutman on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 11:26 AM

However it still doesn't change the fact that Clyde's Chuckwagon IS IN Cherokee Village.

-- Posted by jojosmith on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 12:04 PM

JOJO, my comment was based on the reporting in the paper stating the incident took place in Highland. Once again the VJ fails to provide the readers with accurate reporting.

-- Posted by troutman on Fri, Sep 11, 2009, at 3:03 PM

Troutman--get over yourself---commend the CV Police Department for a job well done

-- Posted by conventional1 on Mon, Sep 14, 2009, at 9:12 PM

Conventional1 look at my first post. I said 'NICE WORK'.

-- Posted by troutman on Tue, Sep 15, 2009, at 12:21 PM

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