Lost keys, tracks in snow, lead to suspect

Lost keys, tracks in snow, lead to suspect

It was not hard to crack the case.

A Jonesboro man is facing several charges after being arrested for breaking into several vehicles along Lawson Road in Jonesboro Saturday night.  Justin I. Morgan, 20, is looking at charges of possession of a firearm by certain persons and breaking/entering as well as a probation violation.  According to the police report filed with the Jonesboro Police Department, Morgan's car keys were found in one of the vehicles that were broken into.

The report says Morgan was found by an officer sitting in his vehicle along Lawson Road early Saturday morning.  He told the officer he ran out of gas and said he was nervous because he was on probation and had taken a shot of alcohol at a party.  He told officers he had a gun under his seat but that it belonged to a friend.

The officer said he noticed tracks in the snow leading to a home near where Morgan's car was pulled over.  He told officers he lost his keys somewhere near the residences.

Morgan at first denied he was breaking into cars but later admitted to "door popping", an act when someone "pops" a door handle to see if it is unlocked. Morgan admitted to breaking into three vehicles, stealing only a dollar, some change, and some turkey calls.

But Monday morning, a fourth victim contacted police, stating his truck had been broken into.  He reported that his gun was stolen and some money was missing.  The victim also told police a set of keys that were not his were found in his truck.  The report says there was a key for a Mercury vehicle.  The report says Morgan was driving a Mercury Mountaineer.  The gun recovered from Morgan's vehicle also matched the description of the gun that was stolen from the fourth victim in this crime.

Morgan is expected in court on Tues., March 14 for a probable cause hearing. As of Monday night, he was still listed as a current inmate on the website of the Craighead County Sheriff's Office.

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