FCSO Uncovers Multi-Jurisdictional Theft Ring
On April 2, 2022, Faulkner County Sheriff's Deputies were advised of possible stolen property at a location on Brookfield Drive in Vilonia. The complainant advised Faulkner County Sheriff's Office Dispatchers that he witnessed a stolen vehicle traveling south on Brookfield Drive. Faulkner County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the scene and located two trucks at the property, both of which had been reported stolen from Lonoke Police Department and Jacksonville Police Department. A search warrant was issued for the property, four subjects were detained by Faulkner County Sheriff's Deputies, and three subjects were charged in this incident.
Hans Peterson, 21, of Sherwood, Arkansas, and Ashley Dorathy, 31, of Mcrae, Arkansas, were arrested and charged with Theft by Receiving, Class C and D Felonies. Alyssa Farmer, 22, of London, Arkansas, was also arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct and Public Intoxication. As a result of this on-going investigation, Hans Peterson has been linked to other break-ins and thefts and additional charges are pending at this time.
On April 6, 2022, Faulkner County Criminal Investigations Division learned that stolen property was being kept at a location near Moran Drive in Conway. Investigators made contact with a resident at the reported location and determined that one of the stolen trucks being investigated had just left the property. That vehicle, returned stolen out of Sheridan Police Department, was located in the woods behind the residence. A Chevrolet Camaro was also located that had been reported as stolen by the White County Sheriff's Office. A stolen dump bed trailer that had been connected to the stolen truck was recovered from the Brookfield Drive property on April 2, 2022.
While Investigators were on scene at Moran Drive, a Sportsman travel trailer was also located and recovered, which had been reported stolen in December 2021 out of Faulkner County. Information gathered during this investigation led to the recovery of a sailboat and trailer that was stolen at the same time as the Sportsman travel trailer. Investigators located the boat in Pulaski County. These thefts remain under investigation.
The total value of the property recovered by Faulkner County Investigators from these incidents is $40,000.00. The Faulkner County Sheriff's Office wishes to express our appreciation to the White County and Lonoke County Detectives for their assistance with these investigations. This investigation is considered ongoing, and additional charges are pending at this time.