JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - A pair of suspects arrested earlier this week in connection with two separate break-ins at local pawn shops appeared before a judge Wednesday for a probable cause hearing.
Jonesboro police arrested Kelvin Morrow and Emanuel Cotton, both 19, Tuesday in connection with the case.
Cotton was arrested on suspicion of:
- Simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms,
- Criminal mischief-1st degree,
- Theft of vehicle valued at less than $25,000 but greater than $5,000,
- Commercial burglary,
- Theft of a firearm valued at less than $2,500 and,
- Possession of a Schedule I or II (not meth or cocaine) less than two grams.
Morrow was arrested on suspicion of:
- Criminal mischief-1st degree/property of another with value of $25,000 or more,
- Theft of a vehicle valued at less than $25,000 but greater than $5,000,
- Commercial burglary and,
- Theft of a firearm valued at less than $2,500.
The two are being held in the Craighead County Detention Center.
According to Jonesboro police, officers were notified around 10:50 p.m. Sunday that a Honda SUV had been stolen from the Race Street Market.
The victim said that he left the car running while he was inside the store. When the clerk at the store asked to see his identification, he went out to the car and saw it leaving the parking lot.
Around 15 minutes later, police responded to a commercial burglary at Express Pawn on East Nettleton Avenue.
The post states that officers determined the stolen SUV was used to enter the store. The suspect backed into the store front, causing a large hole.
Video showed two men get out of the car and enter the store. Several long rifles were taken and the suspects left the store in the stolen SUV.
Then at 11:29 p.m., dispatch notified police that a second commercial burglary had taken place at Jim’s Pawn Shop on East Highland Drive.
Surveillance video from that store showed the suspect back the SUV into the building twice, two people get out and enter the store.
The post went on to say the two left the store, got back into the vehicle, and drove northbound on Cain Street.
The stolen SUV was found by an officer behind a building. It also appeared the vehicle had driven through the rear gate and attempted to go through a second fence.
Nobody was inside the car when it was found.
The owners of the Express Pawn posted on social media Monday morning that the crooks drove a vehicle through their front doors to gain entry.
Only a few sales items were taken, the owners said. They assured customers their pawns were safe and accounted for.
A $250,000 bond was set Wednesday for Cotton and Burrow during a probable cause hearing.