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Truck fire results in arson, fraud charges
by Angela Storey
Jul 23, 2013 | 44 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BOONEVILLE — A Booneville businessman and two others have been charged in a scheme where it appears a vehicle was burned so insurance money could be collected, said Booneville Police Chief Michael Ramey.

The trio was arrested jointly by the Booneville PD and Prentiss County Sheriff’s Department who are conducting the investigation.

Arrested were Curnis Matthew Faulkner, 41, of 297 CR 5011, Booneville; Thomas W. High, 50, and Glenda M. High, 57, both of 292C CR 7461, Booneville, said Chief Ramey.

Faulkner, who operates Matt’s Used Cars and earlier this year was affiliated with a local news service online called Hometownfix.com, is charged with arson of insured property, fraud, conspiracy to commit grand larceny, conspiracy to commit arson and conspiracy to commit fraud, he said.

The Highs were each charged with one count grand larceny and one count of arson.

Faulkner’s bond was set at $100,000 while bond for the Highs was set at $5,000 each. Bonds were set by Justice Court Judge Angela Pounds.

Faulkner reported a 2008 Ford E350 box truck stolen off his lot at Matt’s Used Cars at 102 South Second Street in Booneville, said Chief Ramey. The vehicle was found on a logging road on CR 1401 in the Snowdown community southeast of Jacinto where it had been burned and destroyed.

“We believe Faulkner paid the couple to steal his truck and to burn his truck for an amount of money,” he said.

Faulkner reported the truck stolen on June 3. However, the truck was actually stolen on May 31 and found burning on June 1, Ramey said.

The Booneville Police Chief expressed thanks to the Prentiss County Sheriff’s Department for helping in the investigation.

“Investigators from both departments, myself and Sheriff Tolar have worked closely together getting this situation resolved and these three individuals arrested,” Ramey said.

Sheriff Randy Tolar said he appreciated the cooperative spirit between the sheriff’s department and police department enabling them to work together on a case like this that required both agencies working together in the course of the entire investigation.

The case is expected to be presented to the Prentiss County grand jury in October.
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