Tire store operator billed with allegedly stealing from other vendor

A felon on parole who reportedly owns a regional tire store was arrested Tuesday morning

A felon on parole who reportedly owns a regional tire store was arrested Tuesday morning on a felony warrant for allegedly thieving about 50 tires from another neighborhood tire seller last 12 months.

John Billy Grey Jr., 34, who lists a Trapview Trail deal with and reportedly operates J.B.’s Tire Shop & Mend, located at 5465 Central Ave., was served with a warrant soon right before 8:30 a.m. at the jail for a felony depend of theft of property in excess of $1,000, punishable by up to six a long time in prison. Grey had been in custody because Might 19 on a bond revocation from past fees.

Grey was currently being held on a zero bond and was set to look Wednesday in Garland County District Court. He was beforehand convicted of possession of a controlled compound, meth, on Feb. 14, 2017, and sentenced to five several years in jail and later paroled. He has felony prices pending in circuit courtroom for theft of a credit or debit card, possession of meth with purpose to produce and possession of drug paraphernalia from arrests before this yr.

According to the probable result in affidavit, on Dec. 16, 2020, Monte Everhart, owner of American Tire and Wheel, 115 Shopping mall St., contacted Hot Springs law enforcement to report another person experienced entered a fenced storage spot for used tires and stole “a substantial selection of tires.”

Everhart reviewed the stability footage and noted the suspect drove an old school bus to his small business and utilized it to haul the stolen tires away. Everhart pointed out he recalled observing the bus right before at a tire store at Central and Amity Road, afterwards identified as J.B.’s Tire Shop, which was owned by Gray, the affidavit states.

Everhart explained he went to the tire store and observed a bus parked at the rear of the business with “his tires even now inside.”

Detective Phillip DeFoor seen a screenshot from the protection video of the school bus and positioned Gray’s Facebook webpage, which reportedly had a image of Gray standing beside a university bus, which had the very same stickers and markings as the bus in the screenshot.

Officers responded to Gray’s tire shop and DeFoor located the bus parked guiding the business enterprise and pointed out there were being a number of dozen tires inside of it “dependable with those noted stolen” from American. A warrant was issued and the bus was seized.

On Dec. 17, DeFoor reviewed the complete protection video clip and verified the seized bus could be observed parking powering American Tire and the driver having out and using “what appears to be claw hammer and modest crow bar” to disassemble the tire cage to gain entry to remove the tires. The suspect in the video was observed to be the similar height as Gray.

On Dec. 18, DeFoor searched the seized bus and observed a claw hammer consistent with the just one in the movie and a wrench believed to be what had appeared to be a small crow bar. A full of 51 tires ended up recovered with an estimated value of up to $2,550. A warrant for Gray’s arrest on the theft charge was later issued.