Theft investigation leads to Nebo residents' arrests in Arkansas

Posted: Aug. 4, 2014 10:26 pm Updated: Aug. 18, 2014 11:15 pm

PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Two Nebo residents have been arrested in Arkansas on burglary charges after police say they participated in several thefts in Pike and Calhoun counties in Illinois, and in Cleburne County, Ark.

Manuel L. Pressey, 45, and Penny M. Rinehart, 34, were arrested after an investigation by the Pike County Sheriff's Department that lasted several weeks. Pressey was charged with residential burglary, theft over $10,000, burglary and theft over $500. Rinehart was charged with theft of less than $500 by State's Attorney Matt Goetten.

According to a news release issued by Goetten, the Pike County thefts happened in late June. Pressey is facing similar charges in Calhoun County. Pressey and Rinehart were arrested by the Cleburne County Sheriff's Department in Tumbling Shoals, Ark., and were returned to Pike County.

Pressey faces up to 30 years in prison, while Rinehart is facing up to five years in prison. Rinehart was due in court Tuesday, while Pressey's next appearance is Aug. 12.

Pressey is being held in the Pike County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. Rinehart also is being held in lieu of $2,500 bond.

The Calhoun County Sheriff's Department and the Pleasant Hill Police Department assisted in the investigation.