Stolen Vehicle/Drug Arrest
Suspects: 1. Lakota Jo Wiliams W/M 23 years of age from Harrison
2. Brandon Cody Stuart W/M 26 years of age from Harrison
3. Tamra Renee Eddings W/F 21 years of age from Harrison
Boone County Sheriff Hickman reports that during the early morning hours on the 4th of July Holiday, the Sheriff's Department was contacted in reference to three individuals who were found to be in possession of a stolen vehicle from Faulkner County. The Arkansas State Police was initially contacted regarding individuals attempting to wave down traffic on State Highway 65 north, near the Missouri/Arkansas state line. Information provided was that the people who were stranded were believed to be occupants of a vehicle that was apparently broken down nearby.
Trooper Billy Martin responded to the call locating the three individuals. A records check conducted on the vehicle showed the 2001 model Chevy Impala had been reported stolen to the Faulkner County Sheriff's Department on 6/27/2012. During the search of the contents in the vehicle, Trooper Martin noted that a number of items found were suspected to be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Investigators with the Boone County Sheriff's Department and the 14th Judicial Drug Task Force responded to the location, seizing a number of items and chemicals commonly used to manufacture the drug. All three occupants were taken into custody and transported to the Boone County Jail.
Upon further investigation into the matter involving the stolen vehicle, investigators were able to identify 21 year old Caleb Thomas fron Heber Springs, as the primary suspect. Records indicated that Thomas had recently been released from prison, but had not complied with his parole regulations. An outstanding warrant for Thomas' arrest was found to be active. Having information on his location in Harrison, Trooper Martin, along with Boone County Deputy Scott Hornaday, went to the residence in an attempt to locate him. Thomas was found at the residence and taken into custody without incident. Thomas also admitted to the investigators that he was the person responsible for the theft of the vehicle. Thomas is currently being held without bond for the outstanding warrant and for charges of theft in Faulkner County.
Charges relating to the initial three suspects were stemmed to the methamphetamine lab components that were seized. Those charges consist of criminal attempt to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of paraphernalia with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.