Man arrested for burglary, vehicle theft

Man arrested for burglary, vehicle theft
The church van that was stolen then abandoned. (Source: Baxter Co. Sheriff's Department)
The church van that was stolen then abandoned. (Source: Baxter Co. Sheriff's Department)

BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Baxter County sheriff's deputies arrested a man Tuesday on felony charges related to a home burglary and a vehicle theft.

According to a press release from the sheriff's department, deputies were notified that officers in Sharp County had been involved in a chase with a 2001 Volvo V10 early Monday morning.

The owners of that vehicle lived in St. Louis but had a vacation home on Diamond Bay Road.

They were contacted and told investigators they had not been at their home since July 5 and their vehicle should still be there.

Baxter County Sheriff's Corporal Kristofer Savino went to the house and found that it was burglarized.

A handgun and shotgun were reported missing from the house. The press release states it looks like people had been squatting in the home for "a period of time."

The suspect arrested in Sharp County told authorities there that he and another person, later identified as 18-year-old Dalton Michael Pflaumer, also stole a white van belonging to the First Baptist Church in Horseshoe Bend, which is in Izard County.

The suspect said he and Pflaumer drove the stolen church van to the Hand Cove area in Baxter County, where they left it in a wooded area near a home they chose to burglarize.

The sheriff's department used a helicopter to find the stolen and abandoned church van.

They also began investigating thefts reported at a private boat dock near Baxter County Road 863 in the same area.

Several items were reported stolen from the boat dock and the boats. Those stolen items include speakers, binoculars, and fishing equipment.

Investigators found a cell phone on one of the boats, which belonged to Pflaumer.

Deputies found Pflaumer on Tuesday and interviewed him at the sheriff's department.

He admitted to committing the crimes with the other suspect and he helped investigators find some of the stolen items.

Deputies took Pflaumer to the detention center and charged him with felonies for residential burglary, breaking or entering, three counts of theft of property, and theft by receiving.

He is still in custody in lieu of a $50,000 bond and scheduled to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court July 14.

The second suspect will also face the same charges once he is transferred from Sharp County.

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