JPD: While good Samaritan helped with fire, suspect snatched TV

JPD: While good Samaritan helped with fire, suspect snatched TV

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - While a Jonesboro couple helped their neighbors escape a house fire, police say someone tried to steal their TV.

At 2:45 a.m. Tuesday, while responding to a reported residential fire in the 4800-block of Morton Drive, Officer Bryan Davis reported hearing someone yelling "Police! Police!"

Davis ran down the road to a woman who claimed a man was in her house trying to steal her television.

Once another officer arrived at the scene, Davis said in his report they went inside and cleared the residence.

The victim told police her husband had awakened to the sound of the fire at their neighbor's home and went to help.

She said another man who was staying in a small shed in the backyard went with her husband to help.

While she was watching the commotion, the victim said the suspect returned without her husband and went behind her home.

A short time later the woman said she heard a loud crash from inside their side of the duplex.

When she went to investigate, according to the initial incident report, she found the suspect "carrying her TV across the porch."

That is when she began yelling for police.

The woman's husband, Clarence Hunter told Region 8 things like that do not happen in their quiet neighborhood and he can not understand why someone would do this.

"We don't have a whole lot, " Hunter said. "But what we do have, we want to keep it."

Hunter told Region 8 that he and the victim of the fire, James Harris, found what they believed to be the suspect's keys in the victim's car.

Hunter also said that he found some of his belongings in the vehicle he believed the suspect was driving.

According to the report, the suspect left the TV on the porch and ran to a nearby convenience store where he asked for and received a ride to a local factory.

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