Defendant pleads guilty to ATM smash and grab


A man who rammed a Texarkana, Ark., storefront with a stolen truck before taking a cash machine was sentenced to 10 years in prison this week in Miller County.

Joshua Lamar Rigsby, 35, pleaded guilty to commercial burglary and theft of property at a hearing before Circuit Judge Kirk Johnson. Rigsby is represented by Texarkana attorney John Pickett. Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Black agreed to dismiss a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon in exchange for Rigsby’s plea to the other charges.

Rigsby used a truck stolen from McLarty Ford in Texarkana, Texas, to repeatedly ram the front entrance of Sav-A-Lot grocery store on College Hill in Texarkana, Ark., in the early morning hours of April 28, 2017. Texarkana, Ark., police responded to an alarm at the store at about 4:45 a.m.

Officers discovered a large amount of evidence from the scene including a hat that could be seen falling from the suspect’s head on video surveillance as well as car keys and other information which led investigators to Rigsby’s wife and eventually Rigsby. Rigsby was taken into custody in May 2017.

Rigsby received a 10-year sentence for both of the charges related to the Sav-A-Lot theft. Black asked Circuit Judge Kirk Johnson to order those terms to run concurrently to each other but consecutively to a six-year term Rigsby received earlier this year from Circuit Judge Carlton Jones on a probation revocation.

Rigsby was placed on probation in February 2017 for theft by receiving. According to court records, Rigsby was in possession of stolen property valued between $1,000 and $5,000 on Oct. 10, 2016.

In addition to the prison time Rigsby must serve for his probation revocation and the ATM theft, Rigsby must pay restitution to the Sav-A-Lot and the bank which owned the ATM inside the store at an amount to be determined. Damage to and loss from the ATM was estimated at over $5,000.

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