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Divers recover stolen weapon

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

William Andrew Villari Photo/Courtesy of S.C. Jail
After two men were discovered breaking into his Evening Shade home Dec. 12, Rick Miller called Sharp County Central Dispatch to report the incident. According to a press release from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, Miller told officials that he had initially let the men go when they convinced him they were at the wrong home.

After the men left, Miller discovered items missing from his home, including guns. He said he then chased the truck in which the men were driving and confronted the male driver.

Evening Shade Officer Steve Dobbs then stopped the blue Dodge truck near Park Street in Evening Shade and identified the driver as Justin Clough and the passenger as William Andrew Villari, 27, of Evening Shade. Sharp County Criminal Investigation Division Detective Sergeants Mark Counts and Ken Guidry then responded to the scene and met with both suspects.

Photo/Courtesy of Sharp County Det. Sgt. Ken Guidry Divers from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commissions Search and Recovery Dive Team recover a stolen handgun from Piney Creek, near Evening Shade.
Clough was very cooperative with the authorities and gave them permission to search the vehicle. The search yielded several articles of stolen property belonging to Miller. He was transported to Sharp County for further questioning.

Another Evening Shade resident, William Sharp, had also reported having his home burglarized several times in early December, during times in which he was at church. From information gathered during the investigation of Miller's burglary, two search warrants were executed leading detectives to also link Villari to the Sharp burglaries. On Dec. 11, Det. Sgt. Counts received information about a gun that was stolen in the Miller burglary having been reportedly thrown into a nearby creek.

The report states that the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's Search and Recovery Dive team agreed to assist the detectives in the search for the Ruger Blackhawk revolver reported to have been thrown into Piney Creek. Officers Brian Gaskins, Justin Smith and Jody Pendarvis responded. Master divers from the team dived in the area in very cold water for over an hour before the revolver was recovered and handed over to Counts.

During the investigation of both the Miller and Sharp burglaries that led to the arrest of Villari for residential burglary and several counts of theft by receiving, it was discovered that Villari attended church with Sharp and knew his schedule. He also told Sharp if he found out who burglarized his home, to keep it quiet and let him know, telling Sharp that he would take care of them. Villari is being held in the Sharp County jail on a $45,000 bond.

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