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Theft investigation takes unexpected turn

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Kenneth Pettit (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office) Kenneth Pettit (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office)
Jacob Frey (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office) Jacob Frey (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office)
Christopher Frey Jr. (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office) Christopher Frey Jr. (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office)
Jonathon Porter (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office) Jonathon Porter (Source: Izard Co. Sheriff's Office)

IZARD CO, AR. (KAIT) – A gun and four wheeler theft investigation takes a unexpected turn when no one claims the stolen four wheeler.

According to a news release from the Izard County Sheriff's Department, investigators were called to a Brockwell residence where a man reported that a gun and four wheeler were at his house on April 2. The man said he suspected his sons may have stolen them.

The gun was recovered and returned to the owner. Jacob Raymond Frey, 23, his brother, 20 year old Christopher Frey, Jr. and Jonathan Matthew Porter, 22, were arrested.

After no one claimed the four wheeler, investigators began looking for the theft victim. Two of the three men arrested led them to the home of Kenneth Pettit on Chapel Hill road.

Investigators found an out building with a cut lock and tracks near the building. Kenneth Pettit told officers he cut the lock because he lost the key. The suspected thieves told investigators that they only took one four wheeler, but there were two inside the building.

But here is the twist to this theft story: The four wheelers were reported stolen from a home in Wyoming in 2006.

Investigators ran the identification number of the four wheelers. That's when they learned it was stolen from someone in Rock Springs, Wyoming.  The sheriff's department learned Kenneth Pettit had a Rock Springs address during that time period.

Kenneth Pettit returned the second four wheeler to the sheriff's department and was arrested.

Pettit was charged with theft by receiving and obstructing governmental operations relating to the Wyoming four wheeler thefts. Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that Wyoming authorities will decide if other charges from their jurisdiction will be filed.

Frey, Frey Jr. and Porter face the following charges:

 

  • Residential Burglary
  • Breaking or Entering
  • Theft of a firearm
  • Theft of Property

 

Their bond was set at $50,000 dollars. All three are in the Izard County Detention Facility.

Kenneth Pettit's bond was set a $20,000. He posted it on April 5th.

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