January 07, 2014 the Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s Office arrested Jonathan Gustafson (28) of Portia on charges of theft of property. The arrest comes after a Walnut Ridge resident reported that their 1994 Ford pickup truck had been stolen.
Walnut Ridge Police Department took the report and entered the truck as stolen. The owner of the truck saw their truck at a store in Black Rock. The owner of the truck pulled the vehicle they were driving in behind the stolen truck to block it in and called 911. Deputies responded to the store and made contact with the owner of the truck. A quick check of the VIN showed that it was indeed the stolen truck.
Deputies soon found out that Gustafson was the driver of the stolen truck. Gustafson was placed under arrest and transported to the Lawrence County Jail. The truck was returned to the rightful owner. Lawrence County and Walnut Ridge Police interviewed Gustafson about the theft.
A check of Gustafson at the jail showed him to be on parole for a prior theft.