Investigation into the Dec. 17 vandalism of several pieces of farm equipment in rural Marmaduke has produced two arrests.
Greene County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested Franklin Austin Hunter Hinds, 19, and Lucas Chase, 20, both of Piggott, each on a charge of one count of criminal mischief in the first degree resulting in at least $25,000 damage, a Class B felony.
Hinds’ arrest took place Jan. 2, according to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Capt. Tony Williams of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID). The department had previously solicited information on its Facebook page on Dec. 18 to identify a vehicle, thought to be a Pontiac GTO, that was involved in vandalizing the Graham’s Farm Equipment on Highway 34 West (just outside Marmaduke) at about 8 p.m. the previous evening.
According to Williams’ affidavit, deputies who responded were shown several farm tractors with windows broken out and other damage.
As the investigation continued, according to the affidavit, investigators developed Hinds as one suspect. Before they interviewed him on Jan. 2 at CID in the Sherif’s Department, the investigators advised Hinds of his rights to remain silent and to have an attorney present during questioning. Having then signed a statement acknowledging those rights, Hinds proceeded to give a taped confession regarding the damage to the farm equipment.
Williams said Jan. 6 that Chase was arrested on Jan. 3, and after being similarly advised of his Miranda rights, likewise gave a taped confession regarding the equipment damage.
Chase was released from the Greene County Detention Center on Jan. 3, and Hinds was released on Jan. 4, each on a $25,000 bond.