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Man tries to sell GPS, steals victim's truck

Michael Ray Hammett - Craighead County Sheriff's Office Michael Ray Hammett - Craighead County Sheriff's Office
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Police arrested a man after they say he asked someone if they wanted to by a GPS and then stole their truck.

According to a Jonesboro police report, officers were called to the Shell station at 1325 South Caraway Road on Saturday.

When they arrived, they spoke with the victim, who said he was approached by a man, later identified as Michael Ray Hammett, 25, of Jonesboro.

The victim said Hammett asked him if he wanted to by a Tom Tom GPS. The victim told police he said no, then went inside to pay for his gas. 

The victim came back outside, pumped his gas, then went back into the store to get his change. When he turned to go back out to his vehicle, it was gone.

The victim told police he left the door to his vehicle open when he went to get his change.

He then saw it drive around the Walgreen’s parking lot and head east on East Nettleton Avenue.

While the officers were collecting evidence at the scene, the victim received a phone call from his brother saying he found his truck at On the Border on Red Wolf Boulevard.

When the officer arrived at On the Border, Hammett was standing beside the vehicle being held up by two men.

Officers arrested Hammett. He said he did not steal the vehicle and had been riding around with the “Mexicans.”

Police spoke with the two who were holding Hammett when they arrived. One of the men, who is the victim’s brother, said his brother called him and said his truck was stolen, and they were out trying to find his truck.

That was when they saw it driving through the On the Border parking lot.

When the brother pulled into the parking lot to try and stop Hammett, he said Hammett attempted to go around his vehicle, jumped a curb, and knocked the exhaust off the bottom of the vehicle.

Hammett was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center and booked on theft of a vehicle and theft charges.

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