In the last two months CLM Pallet at 701 Carnahan Drive reported the theft of nearly $200,000 in heavy duty equipment from their Maumelle facility.

Plant Manager Steve Klein told Maumelle Police that 25 Dewalt heavy duty reciprocating saws, each valued at $4,375 and 22 $3,300 Dewalt heavy duty grinding saws have been stolen.

Klein told police he went searching for the stolen items at area pawn shops and found some at a Morgan pawn shop.

On Dec. 20, Maumelle police arrested the plant’s maintenance man, James C. Stout, 51, of Mountain Home and charged him with felony theft of property in the crime.

According to a report by Sgt. Scotty Bryant, three of the saws and one angle grinder were pawned at Circle C Pawn in Morgan. Copies of the pawn tickets showed that Stout had pawned the items, officer Clifton McClintock said.

Officer Laura Robinson and Bryant interviewed Stout after he was advised of of Miranda rights and signed a written waiver. Bryant said Stout told them “over the last several months he has been taking the items from the business and has been pawning them because he is having money trouble.”

Stout first told police he’d taken only ten but later said it may be closer to 15, Bryant said.

Bryant also said Stout admitted pawning several items at Circle C Pawn in Morgan and at Levy Pawn in North Little Rock and at the Boll Weevil Pawn on Geyer Springs Road in Little Rock

Stout was taken to the Pulaski County Regional Detention Facility and arraigned on Dec. 22 and currently being held on a $7,500 bail pending trial in Pulaski County Circuit Court.