Police find burglary suspect in White Co. jail

Police find burglary suspect in White Co. jail
Earthly Coleman (Source: Jonesboro Police Dept.)
Earthly Coleman (Source: Jonesboro Police Dept.)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police said a burglar used a car as a battering ram to break into a north Jonesboro store.

According to Jonesboro police, a silver car pulled into the parking lot of the Jonesboro Express Mart on North Church Street early Saturday morning and tried to break into the store by ramming the car into the front doors.

The manager said the incident was caught on the store's surveillance cameras.

The video shows the car pull up and collide into the front doors. That's when the driver hit the gas and pushed against the door, but the doors wouldn't break.

According to the report, the driver then put the car into reverse, backed up and rammed into the doors again, forcing them open.

The driver sped off after that. Police believe the store's alarm scared the driver.

Later that morning the car came back.

The manager said the suspect was seen driving the car and entered the store when he returned.

The suspect stole an iPad, cigarettes and cash from behind the counter in the store according to the manager.

An investigation led police to Earthly Coleman of Benton. He was being held at the White County Jail on traffic charges unrelated to the Jonesboro break-in case.

Police said in an interview Coleman admitted that he was the one driving the car that rammed the store and the person who went in the store and stole from it.

Detectives will seek a bench warrant for Coleman on charges of commercial burglary and theft of property.

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