Independence County Sheriff’s Dept., BPD report vehicle thefts, break-in

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The Independence County Sheriff’s Department and the Batesville Police Department have been busy over the past few days.

On Dec. 18, the sheriff’s department recorded the theft of a trailer from a local trucking company.

The incident report said Deputy Bobby Tate was dispatched to JM Trucking on St. Louis Street to visit with the complainant who said he had parked his 16-foot tandem axle trailer in the company’s parking lot a few weeks ago and last noticed it on Dec. 15. It was discovered missing the next day.

The trailer is described as a 2001 BMI 16-foot tandem axle black utility trailer. The report says the trailer is equipped with yellow LED light strips on the frame in front of the axles, two red oval LED tail lights, 2 red light strips near the rear, a spare tire mounted on the right side, and a new double wheel removable roll-up jack.

The trailer was entered into the Arkansas Crime Information Center as stolen.

Sheriff Shawn Stephens also noted his department also responded to five domestic violence calls over the last weekend. Charges have been filed in two of them, and the other three did not wish to pursue charges.

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A Monticello, Ark. resident reported to the Batesville Police Department that his 2018 black Dodge Ram pickup had been taken sometime during the night of Dec. 15 at the Economy Inn in Batesville.

A BPD release said the complainant began receiving alerts from his credit card company that his card, which was in the truck, was being used in the West Memphis area. BPD contacted the West Memphis Police Department, but WMPD authorities were unable to locate the truck. The incident is under investigation.

On Dec. 16, a Wycough Street resident reported to the BPD this his residence was entered while he was away for the day. The victim reported that two 55-inch televisions were taken along with a Bluetooth speaker. The incident is still under investigation.

Also on Dec. 16, a Neeley Street resident reported that a pressure washer and an aluminum ladder had been taken from a shed on his property on an unknown date.

And on Dec. 17, the BPD received a report that a Lyon Street resident had let his roommate use his 2003 silver Ford Taurus to run errands on Dec. 4, and the roommate never returned.

A suspect was named in the incident, and the case is under investigation.


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