In the early morning hours of last Friday, thieves stole property from a farm shop on Newton Chapel Road. The thieves returned early Sunday morning and stole fuel from a bulk tank. Information obtained during the investigation indicated the suspects and property could possibly be in Drew County. Yesterday, Sheriff Mitch Grant partnered with Drew County Sheriff Tim Nichols, to probe leads in the Monticello area. A couple of hours into the investigation, all of the property, including barrels of fuel, that was stolen from Desha County was recovered from behind a residence in Monticello.
The investigation further led the Sheriffs to a residence on West Jackson Street in Monticello, where two persons on interest were possibly staying. After making contact with the individuals, 32 year old Jon Andrew Level, and 30 year old Rebecca Lynn Urrey, both of Monticello, were arrested for Theft, and Commercial Burglary, from Desha County.
After being given consent, a search of the residence was conducted by Sheriff Grant, State Trooper Ty Grant, and Sheriff Nichols. During the search, multiple items of contraband was discovered, including Methamphetamine, smoking pipes, syringes, some loaded with a liquid substance, electronic scales, and a stolen game camera. The drugs were found to be in close proximity of three small children in the residence, ages 1 month, 2 years, and six years old. The children were removed and placed in the safe care of family members.
Both Level and Urrey were transported to the Drew County detention facility, where in addition to Theft and Burglary, they will face Drew County charges of Possession of a Schedule I Controlled Substance, Simultaneous Possession of Drugs and Firearms, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor First Degree.
We thank Drew County Sheriff Tim Nichols for his assistance in this matter, along with Monticello Police Officer Justi Carpenter. Being able to work across county lines in cooperation with surrounding departments will only help us in S.E. Arkansas.