Work truck stolen, set ablaze

BONO, Ark. – While en route to a call of a stolen truck, deputies realized a second call about a burning truck was one in the same.

It began at 5:50 a.m. Wednesday morning, when Craighead County Sheriff’s Deputy Dustin Norwood was dispatched to the intersection of County Roads 311 and 342 about a stolen vehicle. A 2003 Ford pickup truck, owned by “Woods Masonry,” was the vehicle in question.

However, while en route to the call, another call of a vehicle fire near CR 361 and CR 318 came in. Dispatch said the vehicle was a white Ford truck, like the one reported stolen.

Bono Fire Department was called out to extinguish the flames. Norwood met the vehicle owner, who said he arrived at his shop on Harry Drive in Jonesboro (Bono address but technically in the city limits, per the report) at about 5:30 a.m. that morning. He unlocked the gate, entered his office and noticed one of the work trucks leaving the parking lot.

The owner jumped into his truck and chased the vehicle to the end of County Road 311, where the suspect driver drove through a field and he owner lost his trail. Several fences and a gate were smashed in the pursuit by the thief.

The suspect was described as a white male, stocky, with balding hair, wearing a dark gray shirt. He faces a felony arson charge for his dastardly deed, although he could face other felony and misdemeanor charges associated with the incident, as well.

Jonesboro Police Department will take over the case, based on jurisdiction. Anyone with information which may lead police to the crook is urged to call 935-STOP (7867).

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