MONETTE, AR (KAIT) - Police are investigating a possible connection between 3 stolen vehicles and a man suspected of breaking into the Greene County Tech Middle School.
According to Buffalo Island Superintendent Gaylon Taylor, there is an increased police presence at the school after officials found their FFA truck stolen overnight. Taylor said he didn't believe the school needed to go into lockdown once this was made discovery.
"There wasn't really a need for us to go into lockdown," Taylor said. "With our truck being missing, we felt like he was in that. But what we did do, our seniors are usually able to leave campus for lunch and so as I was on my way back from Jonesboro, I just called back to make the report to keep them in tight."
Taylor says the campus is not on lock down. The increased police presence is just a precaution.
"Those are things that you hate that they happen," Taylor said. "They disrupt the day, but at the same time we're not taking it just off the cuff or anything like that, but we're trying to not out any panic in anyone's eyes as well. We're doing everything. We've got as many visible bodies out as possible watching our campus and those types of things."
Craighead County Sheriff's Detective Justin Rolland tells Region 8 News a stolen 18-wheeler was found in Monette across from the BIC campus.
Rolland says a silver 2014 F-350 Ford truck belonging to the school district was taken. The truck has a magnetic FFA sticker on the driver's side door. It also is a flatbed and has 4 doors.
Investigators are looking into a possible connection between this incident and James Brandon Alsup, who is suspected of
over the weekend.
He was driving a stolen car before it was recovered on Wednesday on Interstate 55 in Osceola. Rolland says Alsup's wallet was found in the same car that was recovered.
Police are actively searching for Alsup and do consider him dangerous.
If you see him call local law enforcement immediately.