Photo: Roy C. Parker
A Mountain Home man has been charged in Marion County with felony theft of property, after he allegedly sold a tractor he was working on and reported it stolen.
According to the probable cause affidavit, 47-year-old Roy C. Parker was working on the clutch of the tractor at a shop in Bull Shoals.
He reportedly contacted both the owner and law enforcement to report the theft of the tractor valued at $7,500. Parker reportedly told law enforcement the vehicle was locked up in another county on a warrant.
Bull Shoals Police advised Parker the alleged theft would have to be reported by the owner. The report notes Parker “could not understand why the owners had to report it.”
The owner, saying he thought the theft allegation “sounded strange,” had the Izard County Sheriff’s Office contact the Bull Shoals Police Department.
During the investigation, the owner of the shop where Parker was working told police he knew where the tractor was because Parker had sold it to him for $350. The shop owner produced a bill of sale for the transaction. He said Parker told him he owned the tractor. Through the investigation, law enforcement learned First National Bank of Izard County holds a lien on the tractor.
The owner traveled to Bull Shoals and identified his tractor in mid-February.
Online jail records indicate Parker was released from the Marion County Detention Center Thursday after posting $10,000 bond.
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