Car reported stolen in Texas recovered at Pine Bluff


A car that had been reported stolen in Arlington, Texas, was tracked to Pine Bluff through the vehicle’s GPS system and when police found the car, they arrested the driver, who told them he had bought the vehicle, according to police.

Markell Crater, 19, who is currently on probation, told police he paid $200 for the car, a black Cadillac, Detective Brad Vilches said in a probable cause affidavit.

Vilches said police were contacted by the car dealer in Texas, and were able to determine that the car was in the Dollarway area near Lane and Windham streets.

When officers went to that location, they saw the vehicle parked in a yard in the 1500 block of North Lane Street, and detained four people, including Crater, who was the driver.

Vilches said that in addition to being on probation, Crater is out on bond after being charged in Lancaster, Texas for fleeing from a police officer, a felony.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $25,000 cash only bond for Crater after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving.

Crater said he would hire his own attorney and was told to come back to court March 15.