A Saline County couple was arrested Wednesday morning after they allegedly tried to steal a utility trailer with two lawnmowers on it from the Redfield Street Department.
Joseph Taylor, 33, and Heather Taylor, 29, were taken into custody after Redfield police officer Todd Davis stopped the vehicle they were in on River Road at about 3:20 a.m.
During a court hearing for the two Thursday, Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said an employee of the Redfield Street Department was emptying fire hydrants when he saw tail lights inside the street department parking lot, and when he went to investigate, he saw a dark green pickup drive away.
Davis said in a probable cause affidavit that the city employee contacted Redfield Police Chief Steve McFatridge, who contacted Davis and then followed the truck before losing sight of it.
Achorn said police found the truck on River Road after it pulled behind a shop, and according to the affidavit, Joseph Taylor was “sweating heavily” when he got out of the vehicle.
Joseph Taylor allegedly told police he and his wife had come to Redfield to pick up a trailer and also said the two had been at the Tar Camp Park “having sex.”
Another Redfield city employee found the locks had been cut on the gates at the street department. Achorn said the lawnmowers and trailer had a total value of $16,200.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a bond of $7,500 each after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Joseph Taylor and Heather Taylor with breaking or entering and attempted theft of property.
Even though a bond was set for Joseph Taylor, he will not be able to post that bond because the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections has issued an absconder warrant, and he will be held pending an appearance before the board to determine if he should be sent back to prison to complete a prior sentence.