Second suspect arrested in church burglaries

Second suspect arrested in church burglaries
Jonathan Murray (Source: Cross Co. Sheriff's Office via Facebook)
Davan Cochran (Source: St. Francis Co. Sheriff's Office)
Davan Cochran (Source: St. Francis Co. Sheriff's Office)

CROSS COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A second man suspected of breaking into several area churches has been arrested.

Jonathan Murray of West Memphis is suspected in a series of recent church burglaries in Cross and St. Francis Counties. He was arrested by West Memphis police on Friday. He'll be extradited back to Cross County.

Detectives say he and Davan Cochran of Forrest City pried open a door at Butler Chapel Church in Parkin last month and stole approximately $2,600 worth of musical equipment.

St. Francis County sheriff's investigators discovered a piece of the stolen equipment after arresting Cochran on suspicion of multiple church burglaries in their jurisdiction, according to a news release.

A Cross County detective interviewed Cochran and gathered additional information. Based on that questioning, investigators were able to track down more of the stolen property to a pawn shop in Memphis.

Cochran, according to Sheriff J.R. Smith, was recently released from prison for commercial burglary. A condition of his parole requires him to wear a GPS monitor.

"A check of his GPS locations put him at all of the burglaries in which he was charged," the sheriff said.

He is charged with commercial burglary and theft of property over $1,000.

Murray faces the same charges.

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