Pair in stolen car arrested

Two Barry County residents have been charged with felonies after allegedly being found in a stolen vehicle containing stolen property.

April Ortiz, 39, of Cassville, and Randy Zonghetti, 38, of Washburn, are each charged with felony stealing. Ortiz is also charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, a felony, and Zonghetti is also charged with second-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Cpl. Travis Coffey, on Feb. 27, he made contact with Ortiz and Zonghetti at the Dollar General parking lot in Washburn.

Coffey said Ortiz and Zonghetti were identified as two individuals who allegedly stole a cart of merchandise from Walmart.

‘The vehicle they were in was stolen from Arkansas and contained several thousands of dollars of stolen tools and miscellaneous items, including four pairs of Oakley’s valued at approximately $300 each,’ Coffey said in his statement.

Coffey said Ortiz has previously failed to appear in Arkansas, and she has allegedly stolen many items and assisted another person with the theft of thousands of dollars.

Zonghetti, Coffey said, is allegedly pictured in Arkansas stealing several items, which were located with him in the stolen vehicle.

Ortiz also just pleaded guilty to two felonies on Dec. 19, 2023, possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm. She was sentenced on Feb. 7 to five years of supervised probation.

Zonghett was also sentenced to five years supervised probation on Feb. 7 after pleading guilty in November 2023 to a pair of felony burglary and felony stealing cases. He also has a warrant in Benton County, Ark., for alleged theft of property.

Ortiz and Zonghetti are each being held in the Barry County jail on $20,000 cash bonds. Both have been arraigned, and both have bond hearings set for March 7 at 9 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.