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Stolen car recovered

Stolen car recovered

SCOTT, Ark. (KTHV) -- Lonoke County officials recovered a 1986 Chevrolet El Camino that had been reported stolen back in March.

Deputies spotted the car sitting in a lot and discovered the VIN had been tampered with. They made contact with a man who said he'd purchased the car from another man from Little Rock.

Officials contacted the car's rightful owner, who said his uncle had bought the car for him. He said it was stolen earlier this year.

According to investigators, the car had been repainted. At this time, the man deputies initially contacted is not considered a suspect.

The car is set to be delivered to the owner.

(Source: Lonoke County Sheriff's Office)

Man arrested for theft

Man arrested for theft

CABOT, Ark (KTHV) -- In July 2011, the Sheriff’s Office received a report concerning an incident involving theft.

According to the report, Howard “Gene” Hickman, 53, of Austin operated a business known as “Gene Hickman Custom Homes”, located at Highway 5 and Rockwood Road.

Cabot ministry burglarized

Cabot ministry burglarized

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) -- A Cabot charity was burglarized early Wednesday. According to witnesses, the suspect or suspects made off with items that were meant to be distributed to people in need.

Today's THV received the following statement from Hope's Closet and Pantry:

With the economy in a down turn, many people are not able to afford clothing, furniture, heaters, baby items and other household needs. Hope’s Closet and Pantry provides these items and more to the underprivileged in the Cabot community. The ministry gives these items free of charge to anyone who has a need and is struggling financially. With the holidays in full swing and families in more need than ever, Hope’s was hit by a huge blow.

Man arrested for stealing truck, shooting

Man arrested for stealing truck, shooting

LONOKE, Ark.

What to do if your home is burglarized

What to do if your home is burglarized

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- You may think of residential burglary as some that happens to "someone else" -- until it happens to you.

It can happen whether you're at home or away. Hopefully it won't happen to you, but if it does, do you know what to do? The Garland County Sheriff's Department has the following advice in the event your home becomes a statistic.

  • Call police if you see anything suspicious.
  • Leave immediately if you see your home has been burglarized (the burglar may still be there).
  • Do not touch anything until police have secured your home.
  • If you wake up and find a burglar in your room, pretend to be asleep until it is safe.
  • If you see any strange or suspicious activity, call the appropriate agency immediately!
  • Do not hesitate to call.

Burglary prevention tips

Burglary prevention tips

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) -- Lots of people travel this time of year, leaving their homes vulnerable to thieves. How can you keep from becoming a victim?

According to the Garland County Sheriff's Department, the key is to make your home look occupied even if no one is home. They offer the following tips to discourage would-be robbers from making off with your valuables.

  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day. When leaving on trips, leave a light on in the bathroom. In the bedroom, attach a lamp and radio to a 24-hour electric timer set to go on at dusk and off at your bedtime.
  • Leave a radio on an all-talk show station and a little louder than normal. The conversation might lead an offender to believe the home is occupied.
  • Close bedroom drapes or blinds.

Biker arrested after high-speed chase

Biker arrested after high-speed chase

CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) -- A man riding a motorcycle was arrested Wednesday evening after leading sheriff's deputies on a high speed chase through town.

According to a release from the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office, James Dale Wheeler, 27, sped away from a deputy who tried to stop him on Oliver Lane.

The report says Wheeler then headed for the highway, weaving in and out of traffic at speeds between 80-100 miles per hour.

Eventually Wheeler collided with another vehicle on Highway 89. That's when deputies say he got up and ran.

Authorities found Wheeler and took him into custody. He faces charges of fleeing, racing on a public highway, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving and parole violation.