JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro police say they were able to solve multiple breaking and entering cases with the arrests of two men.
Between April 6 and 11, officers investigated 18 vehicle break-ins and three building/structure break-ins, according to a social media post by the Jonesboro Police Department. In 7 of the cases, handguns were reported stolen.
Working in conjunction with Paragould police, detectives were able to identify Joseph Ryan Tongusi, 21, of Marmaduke as a possible suspect.
He was arrested on a warrant out of Paragould alleging he was involved in a burglary there.
At the time of his arrest, according to JPD, he had meth and a needle in his pocket, as well as a handgun within reach in his vehicle. Investigators reportedly discovered the weapon had been reported stolen three days earlier.
Officers took Tongusi to the Craighead County Detention Center, then searched his vehicle. According to the report, officers found “numerous items [reported stolen] from PPD and JPD cases.”
Police contacted the victims who identified the property as theirs.
During the investigation, police identified Richard Darrell Tippin, 22, of Jonesboro as a second suspect in the case and took him into custody on a felony warrant out of Craighead County.
While being questioned, JPD said Tippin “admitted to numerous break-ins in the same areas and timeframes as Tongusi.”
The two men were in front of a judge on Monday for a probable cause hearing.
Tongusi was charged with breaking or entering of a building or structure, possession of a firearm by a certain persons, possession of meth of cocaine less than two grams, breaking or entering/articles from vehicle, theft of a firearm valued at less than $2,500, theft $5,000 or less but greater than $1,000 – from a vehicle, theft $5,000, and simultaneous possession of a firearm and drugs. His bond was set at $250,000.
Tippen was charged with theft of a firearm valued at less than $2,500, breaking or entering/articles from vehicle, theft $1,000 or less from vehicle, first-degree criminal mischief. His bond was also set a $250,000.