Auto Theft & Burglary Suspects Caught

Justin Ott

Three people have been arrested on auto theft and burglary charges.

The Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office sasy 28-year old Justin Allen Ott and 27-year old John R. Simpson, both of Jacksonville, and 28-year old Amanda Padilla (Amanda Ray Wilson), of Paragould were caught in a home yesterday morning.

The trio stole a vehicle in Cabot at 6:45am and were located through the vehicle’s GPS tracking system.

Multiple items from multiple counties and cities have been recovered, along with another stolen vehicle and trailer.

Authorities say this remains an active investigation with another suspect 41-year old Randy Thomas Turner still at large.

John R. Simpson
John R. Simpson

Amanda Padilla
Amanda Padilla

News Release:

On 11-7-2017 at approximately 6:45 a.m. the Cabot Police Department took a report of auto theft. Investigators with their agency were able to get a possible location through factory installed tracking equipment and asked for Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office’s assistance. Officers from the Ward Police Department and Austin Police Department responded to the location and upon arrival, they witnessed two males run from the truck and into the surrounding woods. Our K-9 arrived and began tracking the suspects. A short time later, a citizen contacted our office and told us a man had knocked on her door and gave a suspicious story concerning his vehicle being broke down. That citizen witnessed the man run to the back of another home. The Sheriff and Deputies responded and discovered the home had been broken into and ended up arresting three suspects, Justin Ott 28 yoa from Jacksonville, John Simpson 27 yoa from Jacksonville, and Amanda Padilla 28 yoa from Paragould, who were hiding in the home. Multiple items from multiple counties and cities have been recovered, along with another stolen vehicle and trailer. We have also recovered a stolen UTV which was taken after the suspects fled from the Officers. That UTV was found behind the burglarized home. This is an active investigation with another possible suspect. Our Deputies are working hard to locate that person. More criminal charges are likely to come forward

 

 

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