A suspected arson in which a county owned pickup truck was burned is under investigation by the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.
An unknown person called in a fire at the county yard located on Highway 23 north of Booneville shortly after 5 a.m. last Wednesday. The Booneville Rural Fire Department responded to the fire in which a white Ford truck was burning, according to Roger Osborne of the BRFD.
Investigator Ray Gack of the LCSO was called in when the fire was deemed suspicious. According to an incident report, Gack determined the hottest spot of the fire was inside the cab of the truck.
The truck was parked near both gasoline and diesel pumps that sustained damage from the heat, according to Gack’s report.
Gack also acquired numerous fingerprints that will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for analysis, including from the tailgate of the burned vehicle
According to his report, Gack located fingerprints from the door of a GMC pickup parked south of the burned vehicle — the regular driver of the vehicle offered to be fingerprinted for comparison. The gas cap for the burned vehicle was discovered near that pickup. Prints were also lifted form a pair of bolt cutters lying behind the truck and believed to have been left by the suspect.
The suspect apparently gained entry into the yard by cutting a chain link fence. Near the hole in the fence officers found a siphoning hose which they also seized and examined for fingerprints.
Reported missing from the truck was a fuel pump for a diesel fuel tank that was in the bed of the vehicle. A water hose was also located near the pickup truck, the report states.
Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call the Gack at Logan County Sheriff’s Office at 963-3271. The number for the sheriff’s office in Booneville is 675-3718.
A 12-year-old Logan County resident was riding a four-wheeler on Tokalon Road on Monday, June 24 and reported that a black car with two males inside stopped alongside him. According to the 12-year-old, the males inside the car asked him to race and then tried to get him to get inside the car with them, according to Logan County Sheriff’s Department reports.
The 12-year-old’s mother posted information about the incident on Facebook, according to reports. One of the juveniles inside the car then told his mother about the incident. The woman then contacted the Sheriff’s Department and made arrangements to have the juvenile questioned. The father of the other juvenile inside the car also contacted the LCSD and made arrangements to have his son interviewed.
No charges have been filed.