Items stolen from Roaring River recovered

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Nature Center items found in Arkansas, 2 arrested

Two people are in custody after deputies recovered multiple items, which were allegedly stolen from the Roaring River Nature Center, at two homes in Arkansas.


Rodney Evans, 44, of Berryville, Ark., and Terry Kline, 54, of Oak Grove, Ark., are being held in the Barry County jail, each facing charges of second-degree burglary.

According to the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Park Ranger Steve Jabben called for a detective on Jan. 4 to process the scene of a burglary at the Nature Center. Det. Doug Henry and Jabben recorded 11 chainsaws, a Big Bear Yamaha All-Terrain 4-Wheeler, indian artifacts, a laptop and numerous power and hand tools all stolen.

On Jan. 25, the state crime lab informed deputies a fingerprint, matching Evans, was pulled off a can of tree marking paint used in the burglary.


Henry, along with Jabben, Det. Rob Evenson, and deputies from Carroll County, Ark., recovered several of the items at Evans' home, where it was revealed more items would likely be at Kline's home.

Seven chainsaws, the ATV, numerous artifacts and various tools were recovered. Combined, the items were valued at about $28,000.

Deputies also recovered a trailer reported stolen from a home on Highway 248.

Kline and Evans are each being held on $30,000, cash only bonds.

"Several agencies worked together and assisted each other with this case and the end result was recovered property and arrests made," said Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly.

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