2 accused of thefts on the loose

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Arkansas couple wanted for Shell Knob burglary

Active warrants have been issued for two Arkansas residents wanted for a burglary at a home on Private Road 1219 in Shell Knob.

David Clark, 35, and Serina Mathis (Clark Cobb), 32, both of Rogers, Ark., are each charged with second-degree burglary, stealing and stealing a firearm.

According to a probable cause report filed by Det. Robert Evenson, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, the home in the Needle's Eye area of Shell Knob was burglarized on Jan. 20. Items stolen included: a 47-inch LG flat screen TV, a Nintendo Wii console with games and controllers, light fixtures, computer equipment, night vision binoculars, a telescope, a coffee grinder, a Taurus .38-caliber revolver and box of ammunition, as well as other items.

During another burglary in the same time period in Shell Knob, but in Stone County, Evenson said Clark was seen in a Toyota 4Runner at the victim's home. Clark fled the vehicle, but the witness saw him and initiated a chase. Another witness allegedly saw two other people flee from the home on foot.

While investigating the Stone County burglary on Jan. 28, Stone County deputies located the 4Runner at a relative's residence near Campbell Point. Clark and Mathis were located there, and inside the 4Runner, deputies allegedly found a computer stolen from Bella Vista, Ark., as well as a license plate belonging to the Barry County victim.

On Feb. 1, Det. Doug Henry conducted a search online, locating some of the Barry County victim's items that had been pawned at a shop in Bentonville, Ark., and finding the binoculars pawned at another shop in Rogers on the same day.

On Feb. 2, Evenson and Henry, along with two Benton County, Ark., deputies, went to a home in Rogers to serve a warrant. Mathis answered the door and allegedly gave consent to search the home, where Clark was not found. During the search, deputies located the TV, light fixtures, Wii and other property allegedly stolen from the Barry County home.

Clark was released from the Stone County jail on Jan. 29 and has a warrant in Barry County for the charges, as does Mathis. Both are on probation or parole in Arkansas, and neither are in custody in either state.

When arrested, Clark will have a $30,000 bond, and Mathis will have a $25,000 bond.

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