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2 more charged after snowy footprints leads to arrest

David Saunders   (Source: Baxter County Sheriff Department) David Saunders (Source: Baxter County Sheriff Department)
Ashley Webster   (Source: Baxter County Sheriff Department) Ashley Webster (Source: Baxter County Sheriff Department)
Matthew Sebree   (Source: Baxter County Sheriff Department) Matthew Sebree (Source: Baxter County Sheriff Department)

BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – Two more people are facing theft charges, after the winter weather lead to the arrest of David Saunders.

According to the Baxter County Sheriff's Department, 21-year-old Matthew Sebree and 19-year-old Ashley Webster were arrested Friday in an ongoing investigation into stolen material from the Mountain Home Manufacturing Company.

On Friday morning police arrested David Saunders after snowy footprints led police to the apartment he was staying at. After further investigating police say Sebree and Webster also broke into T.I. Trailers in Midway where numerous pieces of aluminum tubing and scrap iron was reported stolen.

Police say all 3 may have sold the stolen materials at S&L Recycling Company in Mountain Home.

Sebree and Webster are charged with six felony counts of theft by receiving. A judge set their bond at $10,000 each.

Saunders is charged with 4 counts of commercial burglary, 2 counts of felony theft of property, 2 counts of misdemeanor theft of property, impairing the operations of a vital public facility, and failure to appear in court. A judge set his bond at $50,000.

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BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – Police in one Arkansas county are crediting the snow for leading them to a burglary suspect.

According to Baxter County Sheriff's Department, an alarm went off around 5:30 Friday morning at the Old School House Antiques. When police arrived on scene they noticed the back door had been pried open and jewelry and other items missing from the store.

Police noticed footprints in the snow, and followed them to an apartment in the Midway Oaks mobile home park. Deputies found a pry bar outside the apartment and then knocked the door, where a woman and a man named David Saunders answered the door.

Police questioned Saunders who denied having any involvement in the burglary, but police say they matched his shoe print to the tracks left behind in the snow. Police searched the home and found antique jewelry that was reported stolen on two different occasions from the Old School House Antiques.

Police also found stainless steel and aluminum scrap metal that was reported stolen during burglaries at T.I. Trailers and Mountain Home Manufacturing. Police say the same shoe prints were found in the snow outside at least one of those businesses as well.

Saunders also gave police consent to search his vehicle, where police found 49 pieces of fabricated stainless steel, valued at over $4,000 that had been reported stolen from Mountain Home Manufacturing.

Police say a juvenile at the home was also taken into custody because a set of shoe prints also matched the 16-year-old.

Saunders is charged with 4 counts of commercial burglary, 2 counts of felony theft of property, 2 counts of misdemeanor theft of property, impairing the operations of a vital public facility, and failure to appear in court. A judge set his bond at $50,000.

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