An Izard County couple charged with stealing a wood-burning stove from a vacant residence

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A Guion couple has been charged in Izard County Circuit Court with the theft of a wood-burning stove from a vacant residence.

The Izard County Sheriff’s Department deputies were called to a vacant residence in Guion
on a report that some people were trespassing on the property.

Upon arrival, deputies found Heather Upton, 44, and Bryant Bruce, 46. Both were escorted off the property.

Later, a report was filed that a wood-burning stove had been stolen from the residence.

A witness came forward and told authorities he helped Upton and Bruce move a wood-burning stove from the residence about three weeks prior.

Chief Deputy Sheriff Charley Melton said both Upton and Bruce are currently on parole and supervised by the Arkansas Community Corrections.

After their investigation, Izard County deputies charged both Upton and Bruce with felony breaking or entering and misdemeanor theft of property.

Their bonds were set at $5,000 and they’re set to appear in court on March 30, 2021.

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