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Thief steals Jeep, faces drug charges

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

A Hardy man was arrested in Izard County on July 6 for felony theft of property charges after stealing a Jeep, hiding it, painting it a different color and attempting to sell it. If this wasn't enough, Allan Wade Bowers, 28, also was charged in Izard County on drug charges after authorities located methamphatamine and drug paraphernalia in the stolen vehicle.

According to an affidavit, Sharp County detective Dale Weaver responded to a call June 22, when a man reported his girlfriend's Jeep Wrangler had been stolen in Cherokee Village.

Sharp County Deputy Shane Russell followed up on the call and the owner, Heather Franks, stated she left her vehicle parked in front of her home with the keys inside on June 22, and the following morning it was missing.

On July 5, Weaver received a call from an informant who told him Bowers had stolen the vehicle and hidden it in the Oxford area. He was told Bowers would be bringing the vehicle back to Sidney that afternoon after painting it a different color.

Weaver and officers with the Sharp County Sheriff's Department waited near Highway 58 in attempt to catch Bowers.

Weaver observed a black Jeep and a car that Bowers was known to drive broken down near the Concord Baptist Church. After notifying Izard County, deputies were sent to the scene. Bowers and two other males were present, and the Jeep was identified as the one belonging to Franks.

After being read his Miranda rights, Bowers admitted he stole the Jeep and took it to the Oxford area to hide it out. After calling someone to pick him up, he told the officer he went to Walmart to buy paint, and returned to paint the vehicle. At the time of his arrest, Bowers told authorities he was on the way to sell it, and had a flat tire when he was arrested.

Izard County authorities charged Bowers with felony charges after deputies located drug and drug associated items in the vehicle.

According to the Izard County Sheriff's Department, various drug items including suspected methamphetamine, a syringe, a digital scale and other drug paraphernalia were recovered.

Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Bowers has been charged with possession of methamphetamine, a class "C" felony; possession with the purpose to use drug paraphernalia, a class "C" felony and possession of drug paraphernalia with the purpose to manufacture, store, contain or conceal methamphetamine, a class "B" felony in Izard County.

Bowers faces felony theft of property charges in Sharp County. He is being held in the Sharp County Detention Center in lieu of a $5,500 cash or professional bond.

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