Warrant issued for man who stole truck from Tecumseh-area business

Jon Watson, 31, of West Plains, is being held in the Ozark County Jail on a $5,000 cash-only bond in connection with a case in which he’s alleged to have stolen a truck from Winrod Brothers Construction in Tecumseh. He is scheduled for a criminal setting May 28.

Watson is charged in Ozark County with tampering with a vehicle, a class D felony. He is also facing charges in Baxter County, Arkansas, for theft of property, a class D felony there. Baxter County has also issued a warrant with a $25,000 bond. 

According to the probable cause statement, prepared by Ozark County Sheriff’s Sgt. Seth A. Miller, at around 8 a.m. May 8, the Ozark County Sheriff’s dispatch office received a call from a party who reported that Watson had gone missing around midnight the night before from the Tecumseh boat ramp. The sheriff’s report says the reporting party said Watson and a woman had gotten into a fight around 3 p.m. the day he went missing, and the woman drove off and left him at the boat ramp. The group said they returned to the boat ramp and searched until about 2 a.m.

Later a call came in from a Tecumseh business owner who reported that the laundromat entrance of his business, located near the Tecumseh boat ramp, had been broken into. Security camera footage showed the suspect to be wearing the same articles of clothing Watson was reported to have been wearing when he disappeared. 

Later that day, Winrod Brothers Construction, located less than a mile away, reported that their 2015 Dodge Ram 3500 pickup with black flatbed had been stolen, and they had security camera footage that showed the suspect wearing the same outfit as Watson was last seen in. 

A BOLO (be on the lookout) alert was placed on the vehicle, and officers entered the into the national system as stolen. The Mountain Home, Arkansas, Police Department was also made aware of the situation, due to Watson’s suspected direction of travel in the stolen truck. 

MHPD contacted the OCSD and told them that they knew an individual, Jon Watson, who matched the description of the suspect and was driving a vehicle that matched the description of the stolen construction truck. They said Watson was involved in a theft in their jurisdiction.

Security camera footage from Walmart in Mountain Home showed Watson walking into the store with a Winrod Brothers Construction t-shirt on and sunglasses, which the theft victims confirmed had been left in the truck. 

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