Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

July 31, 2012

JPD recover stolen car in Jacksonville

Marivel Resendiz
Jacksonville Daily Progress

JACKSONVILLE — In less than eight hours, the Jacksonville Police Department recovered a stolen vehicle reported Friday morning.

A blue Jeep was reported missing shortly after 7 a.m. on the 100 block of Fuller Street on Friday, Detective Greg Compton said.

“We got information about 2:45 p.m. and we received information that the stolen vehicle was at a location on the 100 block of Cherokee Street,” he said.

Officers arrested two people found with the missing Jeep. Linsey Fartori, 32, of Jacksonville was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a state jail felony.

Fartori was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, less than 1 gram, a state jail felony, debit/credit card abuse, a state jail felony and failure to identify (fugitive from justice), a misdemeanor A.

She was taken to Cherokee County Jail on Saturday where she remained Monday morning, Compton said.

The other person found with the missing vehicle, Brian Roberts, 33, was not charged with theft, but was arrested on outstanding warrants from Smith County.

“The vehicle was recovered and returned to its rightful owner,” Compton  said.

When the vehicle was stolen, Compton said the keys had been left inside the jeep.

“We urge people to not leave vehicles unsecured, take the keys and don't leave any purses, wallets or other valuables in view,” he said. “It is best to not leave anything in the vehicle, but if it has to be left in the vehicle, conceal it as best as you can.”

Compton said break-ins are an ongoing problem everywhere and it can be prevented by not leaving valuables in vehicles or hiding them.

“It's a crime of opportunity, that's all it is,” he said.