Police: Phone records, trip to Memphis leads to trip to jail

Police: Phone records, trip to Memphis leads to trip to jail
Jared Phillips was arrested this week on a warrant, alleging five counts of residential burglary. (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - An attempt to sell gold and silver coins in Memphis, along with cell phone records, has a Craighead County man facing five counts of residential burglary after an investigation by authorities, police said Friday.

Jared Phillips of Brookland was arrested on the warrant for his involvement in multiple burglaries in Craighead County.

According to a probable cause affidavit, authorities were investigating the burglaries when it was discovered that two people had sold several of the items stolen from the homes.

Police later identified Phillips as a suspect in the case.

“It was learned that Phillips was with the other two suspects on several occasions when several thousand dollars worth of stolen silver and gold coins were sold at a coin shop in Memphis,” the affidavit noted.

According to the affidavit, the two other suspects - Chase Scudder and Alayanna Livingston - were arrested by Jonesboro police on similar charges and have been charged in the burglaries as well.

Officers then spoke with a business owner, who was able to identify the three suspects in the case.

Authorities also interviewed Phillips, who denied having anything to do with the break-ins. Phillips also told police he did take Livingston to Memphis to sell coins for her; and went with Scudder and Livingston to Memphis several times to sell gold, silver and coins, the affidavit noted.

However, police say they received a search warrant to check cell phone records for the three suspects. The records show all three suspects were in the area of the five houses that were burglarized during the time they were broken into, police said.

A $25,000 bond was set for Phillips, who will be arraigned June 28 in circuit court.

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