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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Man faces theft charge after trying to sell wire

  • There was no profit for a Phillips County man that allegedly attempted to sell 98 pounds of pivot wire to a scrap yard.
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  • There was no profit for a Phillips County man that allegedly attempted to sell 98 pounds of pivot wire to a scrap yard. In fact the incident wound up with James Harden facing theft by receiving charges and a stiff $15,000 bond. According to a Phillips County Sheriff's Department report, Sheriff Neal Byrd went to Delta Lumber and was told by Danny Wilson that Harden came to sell the pivot wire. Wilson told the sheriff that he asked Harden where he got the wire to which he replied that he had obtained the wire from Cleveland Martin of Lexa. Lt. Sylvester Rose went to the Martin residence and was told that he did not give any wire to Harden. Martin's wife stated that she saw Harden burn some wire in the front yard of the residence. Rose observed several burned spots where the wire had been burned. After checking records, Rose noted that Harden had been to the scrap yard on several occasions with cooper wire. Records revealed that Harden sold 39 pounds of pivot wire on April 4, 43 pounds on April 9, 63 pounds on April 15, 71 pounds on April 17, 111 pounds on April 25 and 44 pounds on April 27. Harden told law enforcement officials that he found the pivot wire on the side of the road and he went and burned it and sold it to the scrap yard. Harden has charges pending from attempting to steal pivot wire from Taylor Farms but an alarm on the pivot notified the farmer. Harden was chased and he ran into a ditch where he was reportedly caught. The pivot wire had been cut but none was taken.
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