Crime crosses the state line

Crime crosses the state line
mug shot of 47-year-old Anthony E. Epley of Paragould (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -On Oct. 18 Jonesboro Police officers responded to a call at Back Beat Music on Southwest Drive just before one in the morning.

An employee noticed the front glass door had been shattered.

When reviewing surveillance footage, police discovered a subject in a hooded jacket throw an object through the door around eight-thirty in the evening on Oct. 17.

The suspect then stole three guitars, valued at $6,288.

Then on Oct. 30 a detective with the JPD was contacted by someone with Taylor Guitar Company stating someone was inquiring about information on a guitar.

The serial number was given, and it matched one of the stolen guitars.

When the subject was contacted, he said he bought the guitar from a music store in Kennett, Missouri.

The owner of the music store told officials he was sold the guitar by a man named Anthony Epley.

Epley had his brother complete the first transaction on Oct. 18 when he sold two of the three stolen guitars because he didn’t have an ID on him.

Epley returned on Oct. 19 and sold the third guitar himself.

47-year-old Anthony E. Epley of Paragould now faces felony charges for commercial burglary and theft greater than $5,000 but less than $25,000.

His bond was set at $10,000 and his next court date is Jan. 31 at the Craighead County Courthouse.

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