An investigation into a report that a vehicle that had been stolen in Little Rock had been sold at a wrecking yard in Pine Bluff led to the arrest of two men who were stopped by sheriff’s deputies while they were reportedly on their way to the wrecking yard with another stolen vehicle.
Curtis Stone, 32, and Kennon Hicks, 49, both said they got the vehicles from a person they called “Scuba” at Redfield, and didn’t know they were stolen, Investigator Randy Jackson reported in a probable cause affidavit.
Jackson said he and Sgt. Mickey Buffkin went to the wrecking yard at 4719 W. Sixth Ave., after receiving information that a stolen 1990’s model Honda was at the wrecking yard.
They were told that Stone had sold the vehicle, a 1999 Honda, and when investigators checked the vehicle identification number, they confirmed that the car had been reported stolen.
While at the wrecking yard, Jackson received information that Stone and another male later identified as Hicks were on their way to the yard with another vehicle, and sheriff’s deputies and Redfield police officers stopped a Chevrolet pickup pulling a trailer with a black Honda on it at 13800 Dollarway Road.
Jackson reported that when officers checked the license plate of the Honda, it also had been reported stolen from Little Rock.
During an inventory of the truck, deputies reported that they found a glass smoking pipe and a plastic bag containing three rocks of crystal methamphetamine.
Deputies said they also found a smoking pipe when they searched Stone and that he admitted that the pipe was his, but denied any knowledge of the drugs.
Jackson reported that the two stolen vehicles were valued at $6,000 each.
Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to charge both Stone and Hicks with theft by receiving, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Records at the prosecutor’s office indicated that Hicks has pending charges of theft by receiving from an arrest last year while Stone had no prior convictions or pending charges.