Deputies arrest Conway man on stolen car allegation

A vehicle that had been reported stolen in Faulkner County on Tuesday was recovered in Pine Bluff on Wednesday and a Conway man who was allegedly seen walking away from the car was arrested by Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies.

James Walthall, 48, was taken into custody at Smith’s Wrecking Yard at 4009 W. Ninth Ave., and told deputies that he was “there to sell” the car, Investigator Kaleisha Wise said in a probable cause affidavit.

The car, a 2004 Mitsubushi Galant, was valued at $2,000, Wise said, and was among the items reported stolen in Faulkner County.

On Wednesday, Sgt. Mickey Buffkin received a call from an auto salvage company about a possible stolen automobile, then later was told that the car was at Smith’s Wrecker.

Wise said in the affidavit that the vehicle identification number on the car matched that of the vehicle reported stolen in Faulkner County.

When investigators attempted to question Walthall, he exercised his right to remain silent, Wise said.

Records at the prosecutor’s office showed that Walthall has charges of fraudulent use of a credit or debit card, theft of property and other allegations stemming from a 2008 arrest.

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

Kearney told Walthall to come back to court March 15.