Stolen truck recovered; man arrested

An anonymous tip to police Friday resulted in the recovery of a stolen vehicle and the arrest of a man who admitted he had been driving the vehicle.

Spencer Walker, 23, said he paid another person to use the vehicle Friday and didn’t know it was stolen.

According to a probable cause affidavit from Officer Jeremy Funderburg, an officer received a phone call about a stolen vehicle that was parked at the Piney Woods Apartments and located a white GMC truck displaying a license that did not match the vehicle.

Funderburg reported that the officer was unable to check the vehicle identification number because it was covered up and left the scene after no one came around the vehicle.

About 30 minutes later, another officer who was working off duty security at the apartments saw Walker get out of the vehicle, confronted him and told him to uncover the vehicle identification number.

Walker reportedly produced a set of keys and unlocked and opened the door, setting off an alarm that could only be silenced when the key was put in the ignition.

Funderburg reported that police ran the vehicle identification number and learned that the vehicle had been reported stolen in Little Rock.

When Walker was interviewed, he said he had paid a person he knew as “George” $40 to use the vehicle and later returned it to him.

Walker is currently on probation after pleading guilty to possession of a handgun on school property, theft of property and fleeing on foot stemming from a 2010 case.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Walker after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving.

Walker was told to come back to court Feb. 6.