Naked man arrested in Little River County in stolen car

(Metro Newspaper Service)
(Metro Newspaper Service)

LITTLE RIVER COUNTY, Ark. -- A man arrested in April allegedly was driving a stolen car in the nude when he honked at a deputy in a convenience store parking lot in Foreman.

Daryl Keith Roberts, 44, was charged with theft of property after getting the attention of Little River County Deputy Chris Snider at approximately 12:30 a.m. April 28. Roberts allegedly drove onto the EZ Mart parking lot honking the horn of a black Toyota Scion as he pulled up next to the deputy.

Roberts claimed someone in Tom, Oklahoma, was trying to kill him. He reportedly told Snider that he'd been dropped off on the side of a highway earlier and that he had walked to houses, trying to get someone to open their door.

After finding a vehicle with keys inside, Roberts reported that he took the car and drove to the convenience store.

Roberts was arrested on outstanding warrants. Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Al Smith recently filed a theft of property charge against him in Little River County in connection with the allegedly stolen Scion.

The owner of the car reportedly thought it was a prank when she received a call from Little River County Sheriff's Office informing her that her car had been stolen, recovered and being stored at a local tow yard. She realized the call was not a joke when she looked outside and her Toyota wasn't there.

The woman, who lives in the 4400 block of state Highway 32, told deputies that she noticed her porch light, which she always leaves on, was off and that the bulb had been unscrewed. She also reported that her purse had been dumped out and that her car's console and glove box had been rummaged.

Roberts faces three to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000 if convicted of theft of property. He is free on a $5,000 bond.

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