Texas man arrested for alleged thefts of U-Haul, $30K worth of musical equipment

Jason Brazil Greene (Submitted photo)
Jason Brazil Greene (Submitted photo)

A Texas man was arrested Friday morning in Hot Springs for the alleged theft of a U-Haul truck and $30,000 worth of musical equipment from Texas after he was tracked via an iPad that was in the truck.

Jason Brazil Greene, 51, who lists a Plano, Texas, address, was taken into custody around 11:30 a.m. and charged with two felony counts of theft by receiving over $25,000, each punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Greene, who lists no prior local criminal history, was being held on a $10,000 bond and was set to appear Monday in Garland County District Court.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Friday morning, Arkansas State Police Trooper Tyree Sampson was advised that a possibly stolen U-Haul truck was parked at Diamond Bank, 1135 Airport Road, and he went to that location and found a U-Haul truck there with an Arizona license plate.

Sampson entered the bank and made contact with a man, identified as Greene, who reportedly admitted he was driving the truck. A computer check showed Greene had a suspended driver's license through Texas, so he was taken into custody for driving on a suspended license and Garland County sheriff's investigators were contacted regarding the stolen truck.

Greene was brought to the sheriff's office for questioning and the U-Haul was towed there so a search warrant could be executed to potentially locate other stolen items believed to be in the back of the truck.

After being read his rights, Greene reportedly told Cpl. Andrew Goodman he needed a vehicle to travel from Texas to Hot Springs for an appointment at the passport office here.

He allegedly stated he went to a storage building where a former employer of his "usually had U-Haul trucks parked for transporting musical equipment." He then found an unlocked truck with the keys inside sometime between 2 and 4 a.m. Friday and reportedly admitted he got in the truck and drove it to Hot Springs.

Meanwhile, sheriff's Cpl. Don Yoak made contact with a contract employee for the owner of the musical equipment that was found in the U-Haul. He stated he had received a call from his employer that around $30,000 worth of musical equipment had been stolen along with a truck, valued at $40,422, from the storage area in Texas.

He noted there was an iPad in the truck which they were able to use to track the location to Arkansas and pinpoint it at the Diamond Bank in Hot Springs. Based on his statement and the evidence recovered, Greene was subsequently charged with the theft of the truck and the equipment.

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