Two Men Charged with Theft of Wheels and Tires Taken from Dry Creek Salvage

August 20, 2010
by: 
Dwayne Page
William Shane England
Grady Murphy
Samantha Brook Mathis

Two men, implicated in a recent theft of wheels and tires from Dry Creek Salvage, have each been charged in the case.

41 year old William Shane England of South Mountain Street was picked up by Smithville Police on Wednesday, August 11th and charged with theft. One week later, the Sheriff's Department served a warrant on 32 year old Grady L. Murphy of Bell Street for theft.

In the latest weekly update on city crime news, Smithville Police say that on Monday, August 9th David Bullard reported to Lieutenant Steven Leffew that someone had stolen some wheels, tires and a CD player from Dry Creek Salvage sometime over the weekend. On Wednesday, August 11th Detective Matt Holmes received information that the wheels and tires on the truck England was driving were stolen from Dry Creek Salvage. The vehicle was later spotted by Detective Holmes and K-9 Officer Brad Tatrow on South College Street and it was pulled over. The officers immediately noticed that England had already changed the wheels and tires that were on the vehicle. When asked about the wheels, England admitted to taking them to Blue Springs and hiding them in a shed. The wheels and tires were recovered and identified by the owner. England claimed that he bought the wheels and tires from Murphy knowing that they were stolen. Bond for Mr. England is $1,000 and his court date is August 26th. Bond for Murphy is $5,000 and he will be in court on September 2nd.

In other city crime news, 24 year old Juan Pablo Serrano of Herman Road was arrested on Saturday, August 14th for driving on a suspended license and violation of the open container law. Officer James Cornelius spotted Serrano operating a motor vehicle and stopped him for running a stop sign. A computer check revealed Serrano's license to be suspended for failure to satisfy a past citation. Bond for Serrano is $1,000 and his court date is September 22nd

43 year old Roger T Rapp III of Students Home Road was arrested on Monday, August 16th for driving on a suspended license. Corporal Travis Bryant stopped a vehicle for expired tags at Food Lion and found the driver to be Mr. Rapp. A check of his license showed them to be suspended for frequent traffic violations. His bond is $2,000 and his court date is August 25th.

27 year old Samantha Brook Mathis of West Broad Street was arrested on Sunday, August 15th for shoplifting. Officer Matt Farmer was called to Family Dollar to check out a complaint concerning a shoplifter and upon arrival he spoke to the manager who stated the woman next to the register(Mathis) had items inside her purse. Officer Farmer approached Mathis and asked her if she had taken anything. She answered " no". The manager said that she saw Mathis put items in her purse. Mathis replied that she had put a sippy cup in her purse. Upon checking the purse, Officer Farmer found the cup along with more items the manager said belonged to the store. Mathis was placed under arrest for shoplifting and asked to empty her pockets. Found were four key chains that belonged to the store. Bond for Mathis is $1,500 and her court date is August 26th.

35 year old Jeffery Allen Fults of Liberty was arrested on Tuesday, August 17th for domestic assault and public intoxication. Officer Bradley Tatrow responded to the parking area near Covenant Baptist Church on South Mountain Street to a fight between a man and two females. Upon arrival Officer Tatrow saw a man walking away from the church. Fults was escorted back to the church and upon speaking with all parties involved, Officer Tatrow determined that Fults had been in the back seat of a vehicle and reached to the front, slapping his niece in the face leaving redness and swelling on the right side of her face. Upon speaking with Fults, Officer Tatrow noticed a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and observed that he had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet. Bond for Fults is $4,500 and his court date is September 30th.

42 year old Gregory Allen Matheney of Sparta was arrested on Thursday, August 19th for driving on a revoked license. Sergeant Randy King stopped a vehicle for having a tail light out. As Sergeant King approached the vehicle, Matheney admitted that his license had been revoked for a DUI. Bond for Matheney is $1,500 and his court date is August 26th.

53 year old Terry W. Kent of Alexandria was arrested on Wednesday, August 18th for DUI. Officer David Phillips saw Kent operating a vehicle and stopped him for not maintaining his lane of travel. Officer Phillips smelled a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on his person and observed him to be unsteady on his feet and he had slurred speech. He performed poorly on field sobriety tasks. Bond for Kent is $3,000 and his court date is September 30th.

Meanwhile, anyone having any information on the following offense is asked to please contact the Smithville Police Department at 597-8210 or the Tip Line at 464-6046.

A citizen stated that she noticed one of her double rocking chairs missing off her front porch on Hickory Lane. She said that she had last seen it on Sunday, August 15th at approximately 9:15 p.m. Central dispatch received a call on Monday, August 16th at approximately 12:42 a.m. of a suspicious vehicle in the Hickory Lane area that had pulled into a driveway and parked for a few minutes before leaving. The witness stated that it appeared to be a dark colored car and when it left the area it looked as if the trunk lid was up.

Any information received that will help the Smithville Police solve any criminal offense will be greatly appreciated. All information is confidential.

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