The Paris Police Department is investigating the theft of an estimated $240 of fuel from vehicles on the Rogers Chevrolet dealership lot on West Walnut Street in Paris, according to incident reports.
The theft is believed to have taken place somtime Tuesday night, May 21 or in the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 22, according to incident reports.
An officer was called to the dealership on Wednesday morning, May 22.
The investigating officer found that the gas caps on every used vehicle parked on the western side of the lot had been left open. The spout to a gas can was found lying on the ground next to one of the cars, the report states.
The investigating officer then walked through the rows of new vehicles on the lot and found that diesel fuel had been siphoned out of a new truck.
According to incident reports, gas or diesel fuel had been taken from 22 vehicles on the lot.
Battering charges filed
Fifteenth Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum II of Danville has charged Donald Ray Burks, 52 of Subiaco, with first degree domestic battering and a possession of firearms by certain persons charges in connection with a May 3 shooting incident in Subiaco.
Burks is accused of shooting his son, Brennan Burks, 24, in the chest with a .22 caliber Marlin semi-automatic rifle, according to papers filed with the Logan County Circuit Clerk’s office in Paris. The domestic battering charge is a Class B felony, punishable upon conviction by between five and 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000. The firearms charge is a Class D felony, punishable upon conviction by six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. That charge was filed because Donald Ray Burks is a convicted felon, according to paper filed with the Circuit Clerk.
After allegedly shooting Brennan Burks, Donald Ray Burks was taken into custody without incident at his Subiaco home, according to arrest reports.
It was multiple gun shots
The Arkansas Crime Lab has concluded that Joseph Stapleton, 33, of Paris died from multiple gunshots to his head and torso, according to Logan County Sheriff Steve Smith.
Stapleton’s body was discovered on Tuesday, May 14 in the front yard of a home on North Fifth Street that he shared with his father, who was hospitalized at the time.
At the time the body was discovered, Deptuy Sheriff Ray Gack said Stapleton had “multiple points of trauma to his head and torso” without speculating on the cause of the trauma. Gack also said at the time that multiple shell casings were recovered from the area where the body was found.
Smith has said that the department has developed leads in the case and is following up on them.