A vehicle was recovered this morning within approximately 40 minutes of being reported stolen from a residence at 5694 Highway 5 South of Mountain Home. A citizen from this residence placed a call to the 911 center at approximately 11:05 AM to report an unknown person prowling and trespassing around the property.
While deputies were enroute to investigate, the caller told dispatchers that the unknown man had got into her vehicle and was driving away in it. The vehicle was described as a 1994 dark grey Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck with a red pin stripe and Chevrolet emblem on the back glass. It was valued at $2,500. They keys were in the vehicle.
The Sheriff’s Office alerted other area law enforcement agencies to watch for this stolen vehicle. At approximately 11:44 AM, Arkansas State Police Trooper Britt Clements found the stolen vehicle on State Highway 201 South of Mountain Home near Big Creek and initiated a stop. The driver, later identified as 36 year old RICHARD MANDRELL of rural Mountain Home, was taken into custody by Trooper Clements. During a search of MANDRELL, the trooper found approximately .6 grams of suspected methamphetamine and believed MANDRELL to be under the influence of methamphetamine as well. After the stolen vehicle was processed, it was released to the victim.
RICHARD MANDRELL was transported to the Detention Center and booked on the following charges:
Theft of Property (Motor Vehicle) – Felony
Possession of Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) – Felony
Driving While Intoxicated by Drugs – Misdemeanor
Refusal to Submit to Intoxication Test – Misdemeanor
No Driver License – Misdemeanor
MANDRELL is being held in lieu of $25,000 bond and will appear in Circuit Court later this month.
The Sheriff’s Office appreciates the assistance provided by the Arkansas State Police in locating the stolen vehicle and arresting the person responsible.
/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff