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Six arrested in rash of scrap metal thefts
Sanders attempts jailbreak
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According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, two Dowelltown men, 24-year-old Gary Christopher Ponder and 33-year-old Aaron Dewayne Ponder, have each been charged with one count of theft of property over $500, two counts of theft of property under $500 and one count of theft of property over $1000 in four separate cases.The charge of theft over $1000 stems from a Sept. 9 incident in which the men are accused of taking items which included a calf feeder, a horse drawn rake, two air conditioner units, a grill, a smoker grill, two kitchen sinks, a cook stove, an oven, a radiator, a rim, an air compressor, two black kettles and 100 pieces of 12-foot 5v roofing, all valued at a total of $2770, from property on Wilder Hollow Road in the Pea Ridge area. The men are also charged with three different thefts on Tabernacle Road on Sept. 19.In the first case, the men are charged with theft over $500 after allegedly stealing a house jack, a double row corn planter, an adjuster for a plow, half of a corn grinder, a tractor hitch, a valve, a pry bar, a battery, two setter trays, pieces of a cultivator, plow parts, a wheel, a lawn mower deck and a scraper blade, all valued at $810.The duo are also charged with theft under $500 in two other incidents on Sept. 19 on Tabernacle Road, one in which a hydraulic jack from the bed of a pickup, valued at $20, was stolen, and another in which gutter pipe, two metal fence posts, a five foot metal gate, an exhaust pipe and aluminum scrap was taken, all valued at $177. Both are under a $25,000 bond, with a court date of Oct. 6.Meanwhile, two more individuals were charged with theft under $500 in a Sept. 20 incident at a local business.Ray reports that Nicholas Cody Walls, 26, and 34-year-old Mickey Guinn were charged with theft after deputies responded to a reported theft in progress at a business on East Broad Street, and found items taken from the business in Walls’ truck.The deputies allegedly found rolling steps, a rolling cart and a solid steel shock, valued at $220 in the vehicle.The pair are also accused of taking five metal uprights valued at $500 from the same property earlier that day, which they allegedly sold for $94.30 at a local recycler..Both men are under a $6000 bond, with a court date of Sep. 29.Then, on Sept. 21, two more local men were charged with theft over $500 when they allegedly attempted to loot a barn on Dale Ridge Road.Joshua Lionel Jones, 31, and Daniel Lee Taylor, 46, were charged with theft over $1000 after deputies were dispatched to a reported burglary in progress and found the two men loading items from the barn into a truck.The men allegedly told the lawmen that they had permision from one of the men’s grandfather, who they said owned the farm.The deputy reportedly called the grandfather in question, who told him that he did not own property on Dale Ridge.The deputy reports that the men then changed their story.Items taken include a horse-drawn turning plow, three rims, a small engine, 30 nine-foot steel pipes, 15 ten-foot steel pipes, two pieces of structural steel and assorted scrap metal all valued at $1040They are each under a $4500 bond, with a court date on Sept. 29.Jeffery Lynn Sanders, 37, was charged with escape on Sept. 22.According to the sheriff, Sanders was in General Sessions Sept. 22, and the judge had just revoked his bond.After being returned to a holding area at the jail, Sanders asked a correctional officer for permission to go to the restroom.As the correctional officer opened a door, Sanders allegedly ran out of the cell area in an attempt to escape.