Sheriff: Suspect wore same clothes in burglary to court

Sheriff: Suspect wore same clothes in burglary to court

MELBOURNE, AR (KAIT) - It was easy for some Region 8 deputies to identify a man they say was caught on camera breaking into a local charity and food pantry. He was apparently wearing the same clothes he wore during the burglary to court.

Izard County sheriff's deputies arrested Austin S. Patterson, 21, of Melbourne on charges of commercial burglary and theft of property.

He's accused of breaking into the Manna House on March 29.

"Store surveillance video showed a white male crawling on the floor taking items, including an unspecified amount of cash," said Sheriff Tate Lawrence.

He was wearing "light-colored jeans with holes in the right leg and red shorts or underwear with a white strip," the sheriff said. The suspect was also seen wearing a dark-colored belt with light coloring, black shoes with white soles, a dark-colored shirt and a gray undershirt.

Two days later, a probation officer observed Paterson in drug court "wearing many of the same items shown in the video," Lawrence said.

Other items of clothing matching those seen in the video were later found in Patterson's home, the sheriff.

An arrest warrant was served on Patterson the following day at the Izard County Detention Facility where he was being held on an unrelated violation of drug court.

Patterson remains in jail in lieu of a $10,000 cash bond.

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