Speedy investigative efforts this morning have resulted in the arrest of an Izard County man for Theft of a Motor Vehicle after he was identified as the suspect in a complaint from 205 River Valley Trail taken at approximately 7:23 AM.
The victim of the theft told deputies he was leaving home this morning and noticed that his Toyota Range Rover was no longer parked on his property in the usual location. The vehicle, with a value of approximately $2,000, was inoperable, but the victim observed it had been dragged to a different location on the property. After notifying authorities, the victim went to get his tractor to pull the vehicle back to its original location.
A short time later, the victim saw a man driving a flat bed truck and trailer down the dead end road toward where the Ranger Rover was located. The victim made contact with the driver of this vehicle, who gave him a name and a bogus story about why he had driven down there. Deputies obtained a photograph of the man who was named by the victim, but the photo did not match the person. A fake name had been given to the victim.
Information about the incident was broadcast by police radio. A short time later, Sheriff's Sgt. Ken Grayham received information from the Norfork Police Chief that he had information that the truck and trailer had been seen going through Norfork with the driver being identified as one ROBERT JAMES DOCKINS. Deputies obtained a photograph of DOCKINS and showed it to the victim, who made a positive identification of DOCKINS as the person involved. Deputies also received information indicating that DOCKINS would be at a residence on State Highway 177 near the Norfork School, and they went there to locate him.
As deputies and state police troopers arrived in the area of the residence, they saw the flat bed truck pulling out. They initiated a vehicle stop at 9:29 AM and made contact with DOCKINS. He was taken into custody based upon the complaint. The keys to the Toyota Range Rover were found inside DOCKINS' pocket.
ROBERT JAMES DOCKINS, 32 years old of Dolph, Arkansas, was charged with:
Theft of Property - Motor Vehicle - Felony
Criminal Trespass/Premises - Misdemeanor
DOCKINS is being held in the Detention Center in lieu of $5,000 bond. He will appear in Baxter County Circuit Court on April 14th.
/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff