Reminder: looting in a disaster area is a felony

Thieves in tornado-damaged areas will be subject to felony prosecution for stealing anything over $100 in value.

20th Judicial District Prosecutor Cody Hiland said he wanted to get the message out after two men were arrested for allegedly stealing copper wire from the debris at Vilonia.

Arkansas law was amended in 2009 to make theft of over $100, which would normally be a misdemeanor, a class-D felony offense when “the theft occurred in an area declared to be under a state of emergency.” Theft of any generator being used by hospitals or other public agencies, or of electric lines is also a class-D felony under the amendment, and carries a mandatory fine of $5,000 to $50,000.

(Staff writer Joe Lamb, can be reached by email at joe.lamb@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1277.)

 

More

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 20:51

Roundabout: 06/29/17

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Read more
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 20:51

Yesterdays: 06/29/17

June 29

Read more
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 20:51

Police Beat: 06/29/17

Just a special mess, with Taser

Read more
Wed, 06/28/2017 - 17:27

Van Horn introduces new assistant coach

FAYETTEVILLE — The last time they were publicly spotted together at Baum Stadium, Nate Thompson was coaching third base and the hitters for Fayetteville Regional winner Missouri State against Razorback coach Dave Van Horn.

Read more