GARLAND COUNTY, Ark.- A Garland County man found his stolen truck less than 24 hours after it disappeared from a Fountain Lake shopping center, and he credits social media with helping him track it down.
On Tuesday, Bobby Spivey says he stopped by a pool hall and bar along Highway 5 in Fountain Lake. He was surprised to find his truck missing as he prepared to leave, only after being at the bar for a couple of hours.
“I kind of got to the point where I thought I was going to have to report it and just consider it a loss,” Spivey says.
He posted about his truck, a blue pickup, on Facebook. The next day he woke up and saw the attention to his post grow. By Wednesday afternoon, his post had been shared nearly 400 times, and Bobby was getting calls and messages left and right.
“I got on social media, and social media helped me through the day,” Spivey says.
Spivey followed leads from Malvern to Highway 270, and his final tip led him to a Garland County home off of Rockdale Place.
He called sheriff’s deputies out, and they met him there. As they ventured down a steep driveway in the woods, they found his truck and a man who emerged next to it, according to an arrest report.
John Wesley Colbert III was arrested for Theft by Receiving in connection to Spivey’s stolen truck, which was in the process of being stripped and painted black when Spivey and the deputies found it.
“I was kind of shocked because they have already stripped it,” Spivey says. “It doesn’t even look like the same truck.”
Spivey admits he didn’t lock his truck when he parked it outside the bar on Tuesday, and he says he’s learned his lesson.
“Don’t trust your surroundings,” Spivey says. “Even if you’ve been there many times.”
Colbert’s bond has been set at $3,500, according to the Garland County jail roster.