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Arrest made in stolen $9K

<p>Cody Shawn Guthrie</p>

Cody Shawn Guthrie

During a traffic stop on Jan. 23, North Little Rock police arrested Cody Shawn Guthrie, 21, of Little Rock on an outstanding warrant from Maumelle District Court alleging he was responsible for the burglary of a vehicle last year containing a bank bag from the Golden Coral Restaurant in Conway.

James Moody, 50, restaurant manager, said the bank bag containing the restaurant’s scheduled bank deposit was stolen when his vehicle was broken into while parked in his driveway at 52 Vantage Drive on Aug. 27, 2012.

After North Little Rock police turned Guthrie over to Maumelle police he was charged with breaking or entering articles from a vehicle, theft of property from a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance because police said they found two Suboxone strips on him when he was arrested.

Detective Eli Keller said he met with North Little Rock officers in the Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot on Jan. 23 and picked up Guthrie and transported him to Maumelle’s police headquarters.

Keller said Guthrie denied any involvement in the vehicle break-in.

Before placing Guthrie in his vehicle, Keller said a search found the two 2mg strips of Suboxone hidden in the “crack of Guthrie’s buttocks.”

Guthrie was taken to the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility where he was held on $10,000 bond until someone made his bail on Jan. 28.

According to the affidavit for warrant of arrest dated Dec. 11, 2012, Sherwood police were interviewing Guthrie and Tyler Rivera, 18, Jaime Goff, 23, Ronald Smith, 20 and Justin Goff about car break-ins when the Maumelle break-ins came up. Police said Smith told them he was staying at a motel when Guthrie and the two Goffs came to his motel room telling him they’d just “hit a lick” which is slang for breaking into motor vehicles and had gotten over $9,000 in a bank bag from a truck.

Smith told Sherwood police he saw the money and the bank bag but that the three had blown through the money rather quickly “on prescription pills.

Police also said Moody had to repay his company the $9,000 because he violated company policy by taking the bank bag full of cash home and leaving it in an unlocked vehicle.

Moody told police he took the money to the bank to deposit but realized he’d left his bank key at the restaurant in Conway and didn’t want to drive back and get it.

According to the affidavit Smith described to Sherwood officers details about multiple vehicle break-ins they made in Maumelle and Sherwood officers gave Maumelle detectives a copy of the tape detailing multiple incidents of vehicle break-ins and thefts.”

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