Beebe Police Make Several Theft and Drug Arrests

Jun 11th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Top Story

Beebe Police Captain Eddie Cullum released the following information regarding arrests made by officers of the Beebe Police Department.

On May 20th, 2014, the Beebe Walmart Assest Protection Unit reported the theft of computers and cellular telephones by an unknown white male.  Surveillance video tapes obtained by Walmart showed the white male pushing a cart from the store on two different occasions with the first theft taking place on Monday, May 19th, 2014 at 8:55 p.m. and the second theft took place on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014. Captain Eddie Cullum began the process of attempting to identify the suspect and was able to make identification of the man as Brian E. Murray, 43, who was residing in room #120 of the Budget Inn.  An undercover investigation then began during the afternoon of May 21st with surveillance of the room resulting in a traffic stop on a vehicle in which Murray and the female living with him in room #120 was accomplished. The traffic stop took

place on Highway 64 near the west city limits of Beebe. Murray and Mary Henry, 45, common law wife of Murry, were passengers in the vehicle.  As a result of the stop, a Dell computer in an unopened box with labeling that reflected the item came from the Beebe Walmart along with four new cellular telephones.  Further investigation led to the full co-operation of Mary Henry who signed a consent to search form for room 120 in which she and Murray had been living. The search resulted in the confiscation of two additional computers, an impact wrench, an air sander, and  a Ronson “Tech Torch” belonging to Walmart. The items had a total value of $2,692.77.  Murray was arrested and charged with “Theft of Property,” a class “D” felony and processed at the Beebe Police Department. He was then transported to the White County Detention Center in Searcy and held in lieu of a $10,000.00 bond.  Officers assisting in the investigation were Investigator Josh Middleton, Assistant Chief Ron Lewis and Investigator Misty Goss.

On May 26th, 2014, at 9:37 p.m., Investigator Josh Middleton observed a Dodge pickup truck driven by Amber N. Mahoney, 28, of Beebe.  Mahoney had an outstanding felony warrant for “Delivery of a controlled substance-Methamphetamine” and Middleton was aware of the arrest warrant. The traffic stop was made in the parking lot of the Beebe Walmart store. Mahoney was advised of the felony warrant and was arrested and placed into the police unit driven by Middleton. A white male passenger in the Dodge truck was identified as Christopher Freeman, 30, of Perry County, was found to have an active felony warrant out of Perry County Sheriff’s Office for “Kidnapping” and he was also taken into custody.  A search of the vehicle incident to the arrest of Mahoney produced approximately 17 grams of methamphetamine valued at $1,700.00, a loaded Ruger semi-auto .40 hand gun, approximately 4 grams of marijuana, 3.5 tablets of suspected alprazolam (Xanax) and three tablets suspected of being the controlled substance “clonazepam.”  Also found and seized was a Kenwood portable radio which broadcast transmissions from the White County Sheriff’s Office.  Mahoney was served the felony delivery warrant which had a bond of $20,000.  In addition, she was charged with “Possession of methamphetamine, marijuana, alprazolam and colonazepam with purpose to deliver,” “Simultaneous possession of firearms and drugs” and “Use of a communication device.” An additional $40,000 bond was placed on Mahoney for the new charges.  Freeman was released to the Perry County Sheriff’s Office regarding the “Kidnapping” warrant.

On June 9th, 2014, Officer Quintin Eads, made a traffic stop on a 1993 Ford Ranger pick-up driven by Michael Ragsdale, Jr., 29, of Ward, Arkansas.  Officer Eads had been supplied information by Captain Eddie Cullum that Ragsdale was a suspect in the theft of a cell phone on June 8th from the Beebe Walmart store. In addition, Officer Eads was aware that Ragsdale’s driver’s license was  suspended. Officer Eads was able to catch up with the Ford Ranger after it drove onto the 28 south bound ramp of U.S. Highway 167 and the vehicle was stopped at the 26 mile marker.  Ragsdale was arrested for driving on a suspended license. Further investigation revealed that the vehicle had improper fictitious tags, was not insured and the vehicle had not been registered. An inventory search prior to the impoundment of the truck produced the cell phone which had been reported as stolen from Walmart. Value of the cell phone was placed at $600.00. Ragsdale is currently on felony probation and his bond on the new charges was placed at $3,620.00.  He was incarcerated in the White County Detention Center and his probation officer was notified of his arrest.