Deputies recover items stolen from late veteran
2 arrested after stolen car, effects of Christopher Stark found
Along with an allegedly stolen vehicle, Barry County Sheriff's Deputies have recovered a number of allegedly stolen items belonging to the Army Spec. Christopher Stark, a Monett man who was killed in action in COP Tangi, Afghanistan in February 2011.
According to probable cause statements filed by Det. Robert Evenson, Det. Doug Henry and Deputy Terry Meek, Cody Lowe, 25, of Seligman and Terri Jones, 43, of Seligman are facing felony charges involving receiving stolen property, tampering with a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of an illegal weapon.
According to Henry's statement, deputies interviewed Duel Walker at the Benton County, Ark., jail on Wednesday in reference to burglary and theft cases at Leta Cole's property in Seligman. Walker said Jones showed him where the home was and was there with him when they took items from the property. An ATV and power tools were allegedly recovered from Jones' property earlier this year.
On Friday, Henry executed a search warrant at Jones' home on Longview Lane in Seligman, turning up multiple items allegedly stolen from Barry County, Seligman, Monett and Benton County, Ark. Items included power tools, home decor, a Honda Accord and numerous boxes containing military items belonging to Stark, which were allegedly stolen from a storage unit in Monett within the last two months. Stark's dog tags were also allegedly found hanging from a nail inside the home.
Also located on the property was an improvised explosive device, which was made safe by the Bentonville, Ark., Bomb Squad, filled with gun powder, bullets and other pieces of metal.
Evenson, who also participated in the search, said the 1998 Honda Accord was allegedly stolen from the Cole residence on Highway DD in Seligman. Lowe's driver's license and other personal property were located inside the vehicle. He said he purchased the car at Jones' residence from a man named Tom Thomas.
Evenson said Jones denied knowing anything about the other allegedly stolen property, all located in her yard and outbuildings on the property. During the search of her Nissan Pathfinder, deputies allegedly found several stolen items, including a bag with the name Angela Cole printed on it. Angela Cole is the daughter of Leta Cole.
Jones is facing charges of receiving stolen property and unlawful possession of an illegal weapon, both class C felonies. She is being held in the Barry County jail on a $30,000 bond.
Lowe is charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, a class C felony. He is being held in the Barry County jail on a $15,000 bond.
A press release from the Barry County Sheriff's Office said the investigation is continuing, and more arrests are probable.