A Stella area resident reported Thursday morning that his red Chevy Tracker had been stolen. Deputy Mark Simino responded to Cecil Conway Miller’s home and he stated that he last seen his vehicle at his residence about 6:30 p.m. the previous day and the morning of the report he observed the vehicle was missing. Miller further said that he suspected a female who had been working for him was involved with the missing vehicle. While gathering statements at the residence, a female identified as Sacha Pratt returned to residence driving the missing vehicle. The female reported that Miller had given her permission the following day to drive the vehicle but Miller denied that he had granted permission and wished to press charges at which time Pratt was placed into custody.
While Deputy Simino was attempting to gain additional information, a male passenger in the Tracker, identified as Paul Hines bolted into the woods. It was soon learned that Hines was an absconder from the Arkansas Department of Correction.
Pratt was transported to the Izard County Detention Facility charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and during the booking process a quantity of methamphetamine and a meth smoking device were located in her clothing. The unauthorized use of a vehicle charge is a class “a” misdemeanor and the two charges of possession of meth and meth paraphernalia are class “d” felonies which she was additionally charged.
Pratt, age 29 of Batesville, upon booking into jail tested positive for meth, marijuana, and opiates which could have contributed to her being outside of the Miller residence without clothing and naked a previous night as reported by a neighbor. Pratt posted bond the following day in the amount of $5,000 and was released with court dates in Izard County Circuit Court and Izard County District Court.
In a somewhat similar incident in May of this year, Miler reported that the same Chevy Tracker was taken from his residence by female also from Batesville and that she likely was at a residence in Lafferty trying to buy drugs. A woman identified as Anna-Hernandez-Vera was arrested on the charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle.
News Release, For Immediate Release, October 11, 2015, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 8703684203
Note: Picture of Pratt provided