On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, acting upon a tip, Stuttgart Police Detectives made contact with individuals in the 1000 Block of North Porter in regards to a “ping” from a recently stolen electronic device. Once making casual contact with the resident and other individuals who were already standing outside, items of interest were noted by Detectives in plain view. The resident and owner of the vehicle which was parked in the driveway were asked for Consent to Search of their vehicle and premises. Both parties agreed and allowed Investigators to look thru the house and interior of the vehicle. At that time, multiple items were seized that had been reported stolen from other cities throughout the State of Arkansas. Items ranged from laptop computers, cellphones, charges, expensive backpacks, brief cases full of business paperwork and work related presentations, credit cards, ID cards and other electronic accessories. The owner of the vehicle, Larry Johnson Jr, age 43 from Lake Village, AR, was placed under arrest on an outstanding warrant and for felony theft by receiving over $1000. The items he had placed in the adjoining store room and inside the house were all itemized and seized for inventory. It was determined that Johnson, accompanied by several other individuals were traveling the State of Arkansas at night going from Fort Smith to Conway, Little Rock, Brinkley, Forrest City, Jonesboro, Memphis, Arkadelphia and Texarkana and possibly anywhere else along major thorough fairs were targeted; most being major Hotel Chains. If any other Law Enforcement Agencies have had Breaking & Entering/Theft Cases and have victims from the last 3 to 4 months of these kinds of thefts please contact Stuttgart Criminal Investigation Division (870)673-2967. If anyone has any information on this crime please call the PD. (870) 673-1414 or contact us via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/stuttgartpolice) or come by the P.D. to share your information with us in person.
Det. Lt. Mark Duke