Conway police arrested two men Thursday night following a traffic stop and the discovery of several stolen items.
Joseph Warren, 25, of 4000 Valley St., Arkadelphia, and Billy Rowell, 21, of 348 Post Oak Drive, Bee Branch, were taken into custody by Conway police after officers found several stolen items in the stolen vehicle Warren was driving.
Officers initiated a traffic stop at the Oak Street Walgreen’s on a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe after confirming that the license place was reported stolen in Faulkner County. Warren, the driver of the vehicle, stated that the vehicle was not his, but he had paid someone $25 to drive it. Officers confirmed that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Hot Springs.
A Kel-Tec P3AT 380 caliber handgun with a loaded magazine in it was located behind the right rear passenger seat. An ACIC/NCIC check showed the gun was reported stolen in Faulkner County.
Warren and Rowell, as well as a female subject who was in the vehicle, were taken into custody. According to reports, Warren claimed possession of the vehicle’s contents while sitting in the back of a patrol car.
During a search of the vehicle, officers found a Toshiba laptop computer and case, two sets of vehicle keys with remotes, a cigarette box with several pills and a white crystal substance, a smoking device with residue and a handwritten Bill of Sale. The white crystal substance later tested positive for methamphetamine, police say.
Two drivers’ licenses were also found in Warren’s wallet. The licenses belonged to the original owners of the property recovered during the traffic stop.
A glass smoking device and an Apple iPhone, which was later determined to be stolen from Cleburne County, were recovered during a search of Rowell’s person. Officers discovered two photos on the iPhone of Rowell holding an assault rifle. Rowell stated that the gun in the photo is his ex-girlfriend’s military-issued weapon. Conway police said they were informed by Cleburne County authorities that an officer from Greers Ferry recently had his patrol rifle stolen from his patrol car.
Combined, the value of the stolen property is estimated at $21,425.
Both men were transported to the Faulkner County Detention Center. The female subject was released without charges.
Warren was charged with misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and a firearm, three counts of felony theft by receiving, misdemeanor theft by receiving, felony possession of a controlled substance and felon in possession of a firearm.
Rowell was charged with one misdemeanor count of theft by receiving for the stolen iPhone. Rowell was held for a felony warrant out of the Conway Police Department and misdemeanor warrants out of the Cleburne County Sheriff’s Office and the Morrilton Police Department.
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