Woman’s alleged attempt to sell stolen car results in arrest

A Little Rock woman’s alleged attempt to sell a car that had been reported stolen in Little Rock resulted in the woman’s arrest Tuesday night.

Ryeisha Gaines, 18, allegedly tried to sell the 2008 Nissan Versa for $300, Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said during a court hearing Friday for Gaines.

Detective Temmiothy Johnson said in a probable cause affidavit that Gaines was at a business at 2221 S. Olive St. when she offered to sell the car, and a witness told police he offered Gaines $295 while he tried to stall her until officers arrived.

Pugh said a second witness said she had ridden to Pine Bluff with Gaines, who said the car belonged to an aunt who was letting her use it. The same witness also said when Gaines tried to sell the car, she admitted that the car did not belong to her aunt.

Johnson said in the affidavit that when Gaines was questioned, she said the witness knew the car was stolen and also denied trying to sell it.

Pugh said the car was valued at more than $5,000.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $5,000 bond for Gaines, who Pugh said had no prior convictions or pending charges, after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge her with theft by receiving.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Gaines.