Former animal control officer accused of breaking into cop's home

Former animal control officer accused of breaking into cop's home

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A former animal control officer found himself in the doghouse after detectives say he broke into his ex-girlfriend's home; a woman who just happens to be a Jonesboro police officer.

District Court Judge Keith Blackman found probable cause Monday to charge Rodney Aaron Taylor, 32, of Jonesboro with residential burglary, a class B felony.

Court documents reveal officers were called to the victim's Rains Street apartment around 5 p.m. Saturday regarding a burglary.

The victim told police Taylor, who is a former Jonesboro Animal Control officer, had jumped the fence behind the apartment and was running away.

When officers found Taylor between Oak and Citizen Streets he was "visibly shaking, had mud on his feet, as well as vegetation on him from running through woods," the affidavit stated.

Taylor initially told officers the victim had invited him to her home.

But the victim told investigators a neighbor had called her earlier to report Taylor had broken into her home.

A witness told police they had received a phone call from Taylor saying he was going to the victim's apartment.

"A short time later [Taylor] called again stating he was in the apartment," the court documents stated.

Taylor is being held at the Craighead County Detention Center in lieu of $2,500 surety bond. Blackman ordered him to appear in circuit court on June 29 at 8:30.

If convicted, Taylor could be sentenced to 5 to 20 years in prison and fined as much $15,000.

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