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Two Horseshoe Bend men were arrested August 6 on charges of breaking and entering along with theft of property following a July 28 call to Horseshoe Bend Police Department that a theft was in progress at a storage unit in Horseshoe Bend. Johnnie Swafford, age 23 and Justin Farmer, age 19, according to the report, stated that had permission from the owner of the property to take the items; however, the property owner said that he had not given anyone permission to take items from the unit. The stolen items including a box of phonograph records, magazines, old newspapers, and an earth globe were returned to the owners. The two were arrested on Izard County warrants developed by Chief Investigator Charles Melton, Investigator J.T. Baker, and Horseshoe Police Captain Carl Boles. Both Swafford and Smith posted a $5,000 bond, were released from the Izard County Detention Facility and given a circuit court date of September 10.

In another case of theft in Horseshoe Bend, Justin Smith, age 18 was arrested August 6 in connection with the theft of a four wheeler.  According to an affidavit prepared by Izard County Chief Investigator Charles Melton, Melton and Horseshoe Bend Police Captain Carl Boles determined that Justin Smith had taken the four wheeler from the victim’s garage the night of July 30, rode the four wheeler around and stashed it in the woods near Crown Lake. Smith was charged with theft of property, a class “d” felony and criminal trespass, a class “b” misdemeanor. Smith posted a $5,000 bond, released from the Izard County Detention Facility and given a September 10 date in circuit court.

Sheriff Lawrence noted that the Izard County Sheriff’s Department has taken over all felony investigations as plans and preparations are being finalized to assume total public safety responsibility on September1.


News Release, For Immediate Release, August 12, 2013, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence, 870 368 4203.


Note to media: Picture of Swafford, Farmer, and Smith provided



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