JPD: Teens stole guns, laptops and more during car break-in spree

JPD: Teens stole guns, laptops and more during car break-in spree
Jazmine Ludwig (Source Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Jazmine Ludwig (Source Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Zachary Williamson (Source Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Zachary Williamson (Source Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
David Gray (Source Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
David Gray (Source Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
Thomas Blunt (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)
Thomas Blunt (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Seven teens accused of breaking into vehicles across Jonesboro and stealing everything from guns to clothing had their first court appearance Tuesday.

Each teen appeared separately before Craighead County District Court Judge David Boling in their probable cause hearing.

According to court documents, each teen faces 45 charges, many of them felonies.

The probable cause affidavit states Detective Chad Hogard was assigned a case where a vehicle was broken into with security video across the street. Detective Hogard said there was also video of some of the suspects at Kum and Go using a victim's debit card.

"During the investigation, I learned that David Gray, Zach Williamson, Sky Burns, Bryan Cruz, Jasmine Ludwig, Zachary Lawrence, and Thomas Blunt had been breaking into vehicles for about two weeks," court documents state.

Burns and Cruz are juveniles, but Detective Hogard told Region 8 News they do expect to charge them as adults.

Detective Hogard said the teens admitted to breaking into cars and stealing several guns, laptops, cell phones, clothing and other items. The Jonesboro Police Department has identified 19 victims, with a loss of property valued at $13,990.

"The suspects are also responsible for entering 3 vehicles in the county, but nothing was taken from them," a probable cause affidavit explained.

Each teen faces the following felony charges:

  • 19 counts of breaking or entering a vehicle
  • 2 counts of theft greater than $5,000, but less than $1,000
  • 6 counts of theft of a firearm valued at less than $2,500
  • 1 count of theft of a debit or credit card

They also each face 17 misdemeanor charges of theft of $1,000 or less from a vehicle.

Though bond amounts were lowered for most of the suspects to $2,500 or less, Zachary Williamson's bond remained at $100,000.

The detective noted the cooperative nature of some of the suspects as a reason to lower their bond amounts, which had been temporarily set when they were arrested last week.

Each suspect is scheduled to appear in Circuit Court on May 30, 2017.

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