Trumann couple busted for vehicle break-ins

Thursday, September 3, 2015

A Trumann couple were arrested last week after police tracked them down in connection with a string of vehicle break-ins.

Ricky Lee Johnson, 36, and Elizabeth Ashley Johnson, 30, both of Trumann, were arrested by Trumann Police on Aug. 25. According to the police report, officers were dispatched to a home on Pine Street. Upon arrival, officers learned the Johnsons had been staying with the homeowner over the weekend, and the homeowner found property believed to be stolen.

Officers recognized the items as having been reported stolen from several vehicles over the weekend. According to the reports, all the vehicles broken into were unlocked. Officers located Ricky Johnson at another residence and took him into custody for questioning and for a felony warrant out of Greene County. According to the report, Ricky Johnson admitted to breaking into six vehicles over the weekend and to using methamphetamine heavily. At a probable cause hearing on Aug. 26, he was charged with six counts of breaking and entering, six counts of theft less than $1,000, and second degree criminal mischief. His bond was set at $75,000 cash or surety and court date set for Sept. 25.

On Aug. 25, police also spoke with Elizabeth Johnson in reference to the vehicle break-ins, drug paraphernalia, and forgery. Earlier that day, one of the victims of the vehicle break-ins told police a check for $105 on her account had been written to Pizza Hut. When questioned about the stolen/forged check, Elizabeth eventually admitted she had written the check. Regarding the stolen wallet, the report states officers found syringes in the wallet, which Elizabeth said were hers and that she used them to shoot up meth. She was charged with second degree forgery, possession of drug paraphernalia, and theft by receiving less than $1,000. Her bond was set at $25,000 cash or surety with a court date of Sept. 25.

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