Stolen vehicle recovered in Seligman

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Arkansas man faces charge in Lawrence County

A Pea Ridge, Ark., man is being held in Benton County, Ark., and faces a felony charge in Lawrence County after allegedly stealing a vehicle from a dealership in Aurora.

Casey Butler, 36, of Pea Ridge, Ark., is awaiting extradition on a charge of stealing a motor vehicle in Lawrence County.

Doug Henry, detective with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, said a Ford F-450 was reported stolen from Jimmy Mitchell Motors in Aurora in April, and it was recovered at a home on Elsie Corn Road in Seligman on June 14.

“They found the vehicle was gone form their lot and made a report with the Aurora Police Department,” Henry said. “The Benton County Sheriff’s Office was investigating Casey Butler for auto and burglary thefts there, and they relayed information the F-450 was at a house in Seligman.”

Henry said he want by the residence once and the vehicle was not there, but a state trooper drove by later the same day and saw it in the driveway. Henry went out to recover the vehicle, but Butler was not on the scene.

“He fled before we got there,” Henry said. “I think the trooper coming by scared him off. Neighbors said he came out of the woods about 30 minutes after we left.”

Butler was later arrested in Arkansas after being found at the scene of a motor vehicle wreck in Benton County, Ark. He is being held on five counts, including: careless driving, no proof of insurance, no driver’s license, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while intoxicated (drugs). He has a $7,500 bond on those charges. He is also being held on no bond for revoke of suspended sentence or probation in another state.

The stealing a motor vehicle charge in Lawrence County carries a $50,000 bond.

Henry said Barry county detectives are also working toward more charges locally.

“He’s suspected in Barry County for some thefts, but the investigation is ongoing,” he said. “We executed a search warrant on the stolen vehicle and found some property linked to thefts and burglaries in Benton County. We believe he’s linked to a lot of big stuff, like tractors, trailers and farm equipment, but we are still investigating.”

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