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Mountain Home, Ark. —A chance occurrence led to the arrest of a man late Friday afternoon on charges related to the theft of two motor vehicles and a boat and trailer from Baxter County.
A man who lives in Baxter County was driving along the highway in Izard County Friday afternoon when he came up behind a truck that was pulling a trailer with a car on it. After several minutes, this man realized that the car on the trailer — a 1964½ Ford Mustang that was being restored and valued at $38,000 — was his car, which was supposed to be at a garage in Baxter County. The owner placed a call to the Izard County Sheriff’s Office in Melbourne for assistance. The owner subsequently followed the truck and trailer to a location in Izard County where the driver stopped. The owner confronted the driver of the truck about the car on the trailer and waited until the arrival of Izard County Sheriff’s Deputies.
Sturgis was later turned over into the custody of Baxter County Sheriff’s Deputies and was transported to the Baxter County Detention Center in Mountain Home where he was booked on charges of: Theft of Property (1 count) – Class B Felony; Theft of Property (2 counts) – Class C Felonies; and Breaking or Entering (3 counts) – Class D Felonies
Sturgis is being held in lieu of $100,000 bond, and he will appear later this month in Circuit Court. Sturgis was already out on bail awaiting trial on previous felony Theft by Receiving charges.