Craighead deputy finds stolen motorcycle; suspect flees

JONESBORO, Ark. – While on patrol, a Craighead County Sheriff’s Office deputy pulled up on a stolen Harley-Davidson but the suspect was quick to run and managed an escape.

Around 7:30 p.m. Thursday night, Craighead Deputy Bobby Swan was on patrol on County Road 780 when he noticed two people sitting on motorcycles at an address. One noticed him, got up and immediately began a fast-walk toward the residence. Swan reportedly knew the owner of the residence was in prison and realized something was up, so he stopped to investigate.

The officer’s instincts would soon be proven correct.

The other man on the motorcycle told the law enforcer the two had been visiting someone at the residence. The man was told to go retrieve the suspect, Philip Anthony Beebe, 33, of Paragould who had gone inside, along with the resident. The man returned with only the resident, saying they could not find the individual who had fled the scene, according to the report.

It took a check by dispatch of the green Harley to discover why the man had fled. The motorcycle was reported stolen through Jonesboro.

The resident allowed Swan to search the home but the suspect was never located.

Beebe could face a felony charge of theft of a vehicle valued in excess of $5,000.

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