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Man Caught With Stolen Church Trailer – HOT SPRINGS

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Hot Springs Police Officers responded to Cenark Lane on Christmas Day to meet with the pastor of a local church in reference to a stolen trailer valued at $3,500.  The trailer had been missing for 2 days.

Officers observed the now, partially, freshly painted trailer sitting at a residence there.  As officers approached the trailer, Ryan Matone, 38 of Hot Springs, came out of the residence.  Mr. Matone allegedly claimed that he owned the trailer.

Ryan Matone, 38 of Hot Springs – charged with possessing a stolen, partially repainted church trailer on Christmas Day

The pastor arrived at the residence and positively identified the trailer as belonging to the church.  The report indicates that it was possible to see where the word “Encounter” had been scrapped from the side of the trailer and painted over.  Then, according to HSPD Detective Hammons, the pastor pulled out a key and unlocked the side door of the trailer.

Mr. Matone was arrested and transported to the HSPD Detective Offices for processing where he allegedly stated that he got the trailer from some kids.  He also allegedly stated that he thought the trailer could be stolen and that he started to paint the trailer a different color.