POCAHONTAS, Ark. – A theft ring met its demise last week in Randolph County after the sheriff’s department arrested three and obtained a warrant for a fourth suspect who was apprehended in Clearwater, Florida on Saturday, the sheriff reported.
On June 22, 2020, the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office received two reports of thefts in the county. The first theft was a 1992 Geo Tracker SUV stolen from the Country Club Road area. The second theft was a 2016 Blazer Aluminum boat stolen from the Water Valley Machine Shop on Water Valley Road.
Later that day the Geo Tracker was spotted by a Randolph County deputy and a pursuit began. The pursuit ended when the suspect crashed the Tracker on Petit Road near Highway 166. A foot pursuit began and a Pocahontas Police Department K9 tracked the suspect several miles before losing the scent. The stolen SUV was recovered at that location.
An investigation began and it was quickly determined that the two thefts were connected.
Later in the day on June 22, 2020, Allen Dildine was taken into custody for a parole absconder warrant and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was interviewed about the theft and admitted to taking the boat and the Tracker along with another suspect: Scott Mitchell. Mitchell was arrested by Arkansas State Police in Jonesboro and was interviewed. The press release from the sheriff said he admitted to having possession of the stolen boat.
On Tuesday, June 21, 2020, the stolen boat was recovered on Highway 412 near Light after Sheriff Kevin Bell received a tip that the boat was there. The boat’s owner told NEA Report the shares on social media led to it being found.
On Thursday, June 25, 2020, a third suspect, Jason Kinney, was arrested by deputies in Pocahontas and was in possession of a stolen moped. Kinney admitted to being with Dildine and taking both the boat and the Geo Tracker, according to the sheriff.
A fourth suspect, Tyler Crow, was still at large when this press release was initially issued. On Saturday, June 27, Crow was apprehended in Clearwater, Florida, according to Sheriff Kevin Bell’s Facebook profile.