Arrest in string of home burglaries in Newport

John Payne (Source: Newport Police Department)
John Payne (Source: Newport Police Department)

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT)- An arrest in Newport leads to details of a string of burglaries in the same area.

On December 27, around noon, the Newport Police Department received a call of a residential burglary in the 2800 block of Ivy Drive in Newport. According to the victim, he came home to find a someone in his house.

A volunteer fireman located the vehicle that matched the victim's description on Highway 18 and told police the suspect pulled into an apartment on Low Street. 31-year-old John Payne was arrested and taken into custody where he admitted he broke into the home on Ivy Drive. Payne also had a marijuana pipe.

Later on the same day, Newport Police officers responded to a home on the 2600 block of Brandenburg Lane for another home invasion. During the investigation of the Ivy Drive burglary, officers found a Gerber brand knife which was later identified by the victim on Brandenburg Lane as stolen. During an interview with Payne the next day, he implicated himself in the burglary.

On Christmas Eve, NPD responded to the 2900 block of Dowell Street in reference to yet another home burglary. During the December 28 interview, Payne also implicated himself in this burglary.

Payne appeared in Newport District Court on December 28 and has been charged with the felony offenses of residential burglary, theft of property, and criminal mischief in the first degree. John Payne has been previously convicted of at least eight felonies which mean he's an habitual offender.

Payne's bond has been set at $300,000. He is expected to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on January 17, 2013.

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