JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Two are behind bars after fleeing from the police, but that isn't all they did. Captain Justin Roland with the Craighead County Sheriff's Department said it was a team effort by multiple law enforcement agencies around Region 8 to put these two behind bars.
It all started on Dec. 9 when officers with the Craighead County Sheriff's Department were posted outside a home south of Lake City. They had received a tip there may have been some stolen property in the home.
When a deputy approached a car around the house the driver took off.
"The driver fled," Roland said. "There was a pursuit that had taken place throughout southern Craighead County into northern Poinsett County which ended up in Trumann."
When the car came to a stop, deputies arrested Amber Glass, but the other suspect fled on foot.
Glass was taken back to her home where she showed deputies and police stolen property in the home. Some of the stolen property matched descriptions for burglaries in Paragould, as well as a key to a stolen Jeep out of Brookland. Deputies also found materials in the home used to make meth.
Meanwhile, the other suspect was still missing in Trumann. Poinsett and Craighead County sheriff's deputies along with Trumann police were looking for the male suspect.
"The male suspect had apparently stolen a vehicle in Trumann and then the next day a deputy spotted this vehicle on 63," Roland said."
It was on Dec. 10 when the male suspect, Matt Hughes, fled again in the stolen vehicle, but was eventually detained and arrested.
"A lot of these charges are felonies ranging from theft by receiving to fleeing," Roland said.
Captain Justin Roland said with cities growing it isn't uncommon for them to see thefts in multiple counties.
"We will deal with suspects who have committed crimes in Paragould and Trumann because obviously Jonesboro is getting bigger," Roland said. "Paragould is getting bigger, and it brings those jurisdictions together."
Roland said the Brookland Police Department did the majority of the investigation regarding the stolen Jeep. BPD will be charging the suspects for burglary separately.
The Craighead County Sheriffs Department is charging Glass and Hughes with fleeing, parole violations, driving on suspended license, and careless and prohibited driving. No drug charges have been made yet.
Roland said because the investigation is ongoing, more charges could be filed.