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Stolen Truck Set On Fire, Expensive Lawn Equipment Traded For Meth – HOT SPRINGS

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Back in August of last year, Hot Springs Police took a report of a stolen truck valued at $5,000 pulling a trailer valued at $3,850 and lawn care equipment valued at $3,458.

According to the witness, he was doing yard work in a vacant lot on East Grand Avenue at South Border Street when a Chevrolet Trailblazer pulled up and a man, later identified as Billy Tribble, 33 of Mountain Pine, got into the truck/trailer combo and drove off.  The witness to all of this was on a riding lawn mower at the time and pursued the thieves up East Grand Avenue until the stolen vehicle stopped.  The witness said that he was able to see a woman get out of the Trailblazer and shut the gate to the trailer that had been left open.  Surveillance cameras in the area captured most of this on video.

Billy Tribble – allegedly stole a truck, trailer and lawn care equipment as it was being used

A month after the theft, HSPD Detective Wilhite developed information that put the stolen trailer in a wooded area off of Cozy Acres Road.  He went to the location and found the trailer with the VIN ground off of it.  The trailer was later identified as the stolen trailer by the owner of the trailer.

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In February 2018, Det. Wilhite ran into Mr. Tribble and a woman identified as Kimberly Bakke, 42 of Mountain Pine.  Mr. Tribble allegedly admitted to being in possession of the trailer and parking it off of Cozy Acres Road.

Also in February, Det. Wilhite interviewed Ms. Bakke regarding the theft of the the truck, trailer and stolen lawn gear.  She allegedly admitted to everything and named Mr. Tribble as her partner in the theft.  She also allegedly admitted to trading some of the lawn care equipment for methamphetamine and cash.  She allegedly also said that she and Mr. Tribble took the stolen truck to a gravel pit in the Strawberry Shortcut and abandoning it.  Police found the truck completely burnt up.

Kimberly Bakke – allegedly admitted to trading stolen property for meth

It is not known to me whether Ms. Bakke was charged with a crime.

Mr. Tribble was arrested and charged with Felony Theft Of Property and Felony Criminal Mischief.