Sharp County Sheriff's Department Detective Sgt. Mark Counts and Sharp County Deputy Gerald Traw examine stolen golf carts recovered from Cherokee Village. The carts were stolen from Riverbend Park where the suspects above also burglarized 25 trailers in the park, stealing $1,000 in merchandise and causing several thousand dollars in damages to the campers.
On Feb.16, following an investigation by Sharp County Deputy Gerald Traw into the burglary of 25 trailers located in Riverbend Park, he also learned that two golf carts had been reported missing from the park at the same time as the burglaries. According to a police report obtained from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, shortly after Traw's investigation at the park, Cherokee Village Officers Jeremy Rose and Chris Spurlock encountered two male subjects pushing golf carts on Yancopin Circle, near Walla Walla Drive in Cherokee Village. The report says that the two were identified as Duane Hamm, 19, of Hardy, and Vincent Prokop, 19, of Cherokee Village.
Detective Sergeants Mark Counts and Ken Guidry with the Sharp County Sheriff's Department and Cherokee Village Investigator Wendall Lane responded to the scene and then verified that they were the carts taken from Riverbend Park. Following an interview by the detectives with the subjects, a third suspect Christian Zipprian, 19, of Hardy was also identified. Hamm then gave detectives further information about the crimes. After obtaining and executing a search warrant on Feb. 17, at the home of Hamm, detectives, aided by Hamm, helped identify and recover the stolen property estimated to be worth $1,000. The estimated damages to the campers are several thousand dollars.
A warrant was also obtained for Christian Zipprain. Currently all three suspects have been arrested. It was reported that all three had recently enlisted in the U.S. Army. Detectives say that although there are no other crimes linked to these, additional victims are coming forward.
Det. Sgt. Guidry said, "This is a great example of multiple jurisdictions working together."