Technology played a part in the arrest of a suspect in a recent vehicle theft.

Paragould police have charged Bard Oneal McMillan, 20, of Paragould, with one count of theft of property valued between $5,000 and $25,000, a Class C felony.

According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Tron Beesley of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division, the charge proceeded from a Sept. 30 incident in which a victim had reported a vehicle stolen within the last 10 minutes. However, the victim informed police officers the vehicle had been equipped with a tracking device on the vehicle, and that the vehicle was at that time headed toward Missouri.

Therefore, an Arkansas State Police trooper was able to locate the stolen vehicle and conduct a traffic stop. According to Beesley’s affidavit, McMillan told the trooper he was “just taking a joy ride.” Investigators advised McMillan of his rights to remain silent and to have an attorney present during questioning, and in the course of an interview with investigators which followed, McMillan reportedly gave incriminating statements.

McMillan remains in the Greene County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash-only bond, conditioned upon his having no contact with the victim.

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