Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Garland County Sheriff’s CID Investigator Yoak reports that the owner of a local car lot contacted Hot Springs Police on April 5, 2021, in reference to the theft of a 2010 white JeepWrangler valued at $12,000.
The car lot had placed a GPS tracker on the Jeep. The car lot owner followed GPS signals to a residence on Williams Road in Royal. The owner saw the Jeep parked on the property; partially covered by a tarp.
That same day, the owner contacted the Garland County Sheriff’s Department and reported what he knew about the Jeep and it’s current location. He told investigators that the keys were with the vehicle when it was stolen.
On the same day, investigators obtained and executed a search warrant on the property for the Jeep, the keys and associated Jeep paperwork.
A woman, Tammy J. Reed, 49, of Williams Road in Royal, claiming that this residence belonged to her was present when investigators arrived to execute the warrant. She said that the Jeep was brought to the property the night before, but that she did not know who brought it.
While searching the residence for the keys and paperwork, investigators located Blanton Paul Montgomery, 49, of Hickory Street in Hot Springs, laying in the bed in the master bedroom. While in the bedroom, investigators found a small bag of meth and a meth pipe also laying on the bed in plain view.
Investigators went back to the judge and obtained another search warrant on this residence for drugs and drug paraphernalia. During the dope search, investigators found multiple used dope pipes, approximately 2.25 grams of meth and numerous pills in the master bedroom.
Both Ms. Reed and Mr. Montgomery were arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. They are each charged with Felony Theft By Receiving, Felony Possession Meth With Purpose To Deliver and Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia with bond set at $11,000 each.