Video, help from public leads to arrests in car break-in cases

Video, help from public leads to arrests in car break-in cases
It took about 30 minutes for the public to identify two suspects who were arrested on suspicion of nearly three dozen charges, stemming from a series of car break-ins in Baxter County. (Source: Getty Images)

BAXTER COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - It took about 30 minutes for the public to identify two suspects who were arrested on suspicion of nearly three dozen charges, stemming from a series of car break-ins in Baxter County.

According to a media release from the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Joseph Thorne and Dakota Ryan Drzka, both of Mountain Home were arrested in connection with the May 9 and 10 vehicle break-ins in the Mountain Home area.

Sheriff John Montgomery said all of the vehicles were broken into on the north side of town and that with the exception of one, all of the vehicles were left unlocked.

Deputies later got a break in the case when video showed the two suspects and officials found out a credit card of one of the victims had been used at a local business, Montgomery said.

However, deputies got online help in finding out the suspects’ identities.

“Surveillance footage was obtained and the pictures of the two suspects were uploaded to the Most Wanted Page on the Baxter County Sheriff’s Website and then shared by hundreds of people,” Montgomery said in the media release. “Within 30 minutes of the posting of the pictures of the Most Wanted Page, the Sheriff’s Office received numerous tips on the identities of the two suspects.”

Drzka was arrested, while Thorne turned himself into authorities this week.

Dakota Ryan Drzka was arrested this week by Baxter County deputies in connection with a series of car break-ins in the Mountain Home area.
Dakota Ryan Drzka was arrested this week by Baxter County deputies in connection with a series of car break-ins in the Mountain Home area. (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)
Michael Joseph Thorne was arrested by Baxter County authorities this week after an investigation into a series of vehicle break-ins in the Mountain Home area.
Michael Joseph Thorne was arrested by Baxter County authorities this week after an investigation into a series of vehicle break-ins in the Mountain Home area. (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)

Both Drzka and Thorne were arrested on suspicion of 14 counts of breaking or entering, four counts of theft of property-credit cards, three counts of forgery, one count of theft of property, one count of criminal mischief, eight counts of misdemeanor theft of property and four counts of misdemeanor criminal mischief.

A $25,000 bond was set for Drzka and Thorne, who will be arraigned May 30 in circuit court.

The investigation into the break-ins is ongoing and Montgomery said the public played a key role in the arrests.

“We would like to thank the public for their assistance in the arrest of these two suspects. We would also remind people to lock their cars at work, at church, at the store and especially at their homes,” Montgomery said.

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