JPD: Stolen truck recovered with fake VIN; suspect arrested

JONESBORO, Ark. – After a man reported his truck was stolen over the weekend, JPD went to work and recovered it before the next day was over.

At 6:40 a.m. on Friday morning, the victim came to Jonesboro Police Department on Caraway Road to report his 2004 Ford F-250 truck was stolen between August 2 and August 3. It had a fuel transfer tank in it, he said, and a 20 foot 10,000 lb black tilt bed trailer hooked up to the truck. The report said it was stolen from a construction site at the 2400-block of East Matthews Avenue. The man had no idea who took the truck.

Fortunately, later that evening, his report was followed up with a valuable clue. At the 2200-block of Sybel, a woman who was cleaning a pool found a vehicle tag. She gave it to Officer Michael Talley who found it to be matching the stolen vehicle reported earlier that morning. Then, when the officer described the vehicle, the woman said she saw the suspect, Jeremy Eric Flemming, driving the vehicle matching that description Thursday night.

Police would find him just after midnight.

At about 12:22 p.m. Saturday at 2214 East Johnson, JPD Officers Brandon Butler and Victor Garcia converged after Garcia noticed the vehicle in front of a store. The tag on the vehicle was matching a white Ford Crown Victoria – not coincidentally registered to Flemming. But when police went into the store and spoke with him, he said the truck belonged to him and wasn’t stolen. He said he traded his crown vic for the truck.

Flemming

Police checked the VIN number and had trouble reading it – noting it looked “strange.” The officer removed the VIN number with pliers and found it to have glue on the back. The Ford Crown Victoria VIN had been glued over the truck’s. The driver side door jamb still had the truck’s correct VIN on it.

Flemming was arrested and charged with theft by receiving, driving while license suspended, fictitious tags and possession of a schedule VI substance.

By Monday morning, the trailer had also been recovered, the report said.


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