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Two arrested for looting in Vilonia

Posted: April 29, 2014 - 9:33pm

VILONIA — The Vilonia Police Department arrested two Morrilton residents, Tuesday night, for looting in a neighborhood left in destruction by the tornado. “They were caught stealing copper wire and compressors from air conditioners in Parkwood Subdivision at about 7 p.m.,” said Vilonia Chief of Police Brad McNew.  That is one of the hardest hit neighborhoods, McNew said, including the area of at least one fatality. Arrested at about 7 p.m. were James Steven Howard, 29, and Dustin Brooks Houston, 28. The address for both men is 634 Turkey Pond Loop in Morrilton. Both have been charged with four misdemeanors, theft of property, criminal trespassing and possession of an instrument of crime. Bail is set at $5,500. According to the arrest report neither Howard nor Houston is employed.Both were allegedly caught in the act and started throwing the looted items out of a truck when they were approached by the arresting officer. The looted items in their possession was said to be valued at about $500. McNew has a message for anyone with similar intentions. “We are out watching. Not only the Vilonia Police Department but a number of other law enforcement agencies. Some are in marked cars—some are not. You will never know where we are at and what time we will be there. We are not going to let you steal from the victims.”On that note, he credited several other agencies for their support. He said the Vilonia department is being assisted by about 14 other law enforcement agencies. He said he also met with law enforcement officials Tuesday from the Arkansas State Police, the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office and Mayflower Police Department and there is a consensus. “We are going to do what we have to do to stop this. We just aren’t going to tolerate it. Not in Vilonia and not in Mayflower,” he added.

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rangerhoss
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rangerhoss 04/29/14 - 09:59 pm
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Thank you

Thank you to all of the law enforcement agencies that are keeping the scum like these two individuals out of the affected areas.

boss7777777
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boss7777777 04/30/14 - 09:22 pm
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so sad

all of arkanss are grieving and surrounding states and you have people who have no feelings at all for people loss,i am glad the police are watching out for people like this who prey on people whose hearts are torn up.

Bad boy
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Bad boy 04/30/14 - 04:26 am
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IDIOTS.

Use some of that wire to string them up.

Elmer Fudd
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Elmer Fudd 04/30/14 - 09:55 am
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Right on

Bad boy. Low life's.

sevenof400
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sevenof400 04/30/14 - 06:21 am
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On a positive note, let's take a moment to say thanks...

..to all of the police departments, sheriff's offices, national guard and other law enforcement officers who have been present during these past few days in Mayflower and Vilonia.

BigDaddyD
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BigDaddyD 04/30/14 - 06:28 am
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Probable cause

I believe this is probable cause to search their homes for other items.

By the way, seems like this should be a felony.

cakelady1
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cakelady1 04/30/14 - 07:43 am
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Thanks to law enforcement

I live in Vilonia & while my home was not damaged, we are all grateful for the continuous & diligent patrols. After curfew I see a police car in my subdivision about every 20 minutes. They are NOT messing around and it is so very appreciated. We don't have damage here, but we have no lights & it could still be easy for us to be vandalized in the dark as well.
As far as these two guys, what really bothers me is that you are not allowed into a damaged area without a volunteer pass. So I have to think that these guys went to the church under the pretense of volunteering and used those passes to try to steal. Very sad. Well done, police officers.

ucantbserious
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ucantbserious 04/30/14 - 08:34 am
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Hmm

I think it's funny that their home address is provided. I sure hope no one loots their house while they are otherwise located. ;)

Budnmud
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Budnmud 04/30/14 - 01:15 pm
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We'll check on it

Selling magazines and miracle cleaner over that way soon....

Igor Rabinowitz
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Igor Rabinowitz 05/01/14 - 07:24 am
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Check the #s

I'd understand bail was $10K/each (the judge threw the book at them) and no bail bondsman in the area is touching them.

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