Two arrested in pawn shop break-ins appear before judge

Two arrested in pawn shop break-ins

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.

Emanuel Cotton, 19 Burglary-commercial (9/10)
Emanuel Cotton, 19 Burglary-commercial (9/10) (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

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.
Kelvin Lamont Morrow, 19, Jonesboro Burglary-commercial (9/10)
Kelvin Lamont Morrow, 19, Jonesboro Burglary-commercial (9/10) (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)

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.

The Jonesboro Police Department Criminal Investigations Division, assisted by the JPD Street Crimes Unit, made two...

Posted by Jonesboro Police Department on Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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.

JPD investigating overnight vehicle theft used in two commercial burglaries

JPD investigating overnight vehicle theft used in two commercial burglaries Around 10:50 pm, police were notified of a stolen Honda SUV from the Race Street Market, located at 3509 Race St. The victim advised police that he left a vehicle running outside the store while he went inside to buy tobacco. When the clerk asked to see his ID, he exited the store to retrieve his identification, he then saw the gray SUV leaving the lot. At 11:05 pm, police responded to a commercial burglary at Express Pawn located at 3205 E. Nettleton Ave. Officers determined that the stolen gray SUV was used to gain entrance into the store; the suspects backed the SUV into the front of the store, causing a large hole. Video footage showed two men exit the vehicle and enter the store. Several long rifles were taken by the suspects and they left the store in the stolen vehicle. At 11:29 pm, while officers were working the previous two scenes, dispatch was notified of a second commercial burglary at Jim’s Pawn Shop located at 3711 E. Highland Drive. The surveillance footage from Jim’s Pawn Shop showed the suspects backed the SUV into the building twice. The two suspects exited the vehicle and entered the store. They exited the building, got into the vehicle and drove northbound on Cain Street. An officer located the stolen vehicle in the rear of the building that appeared to have driven through the rear gate and attempted to go through a second fence. The vehicle was unoccupied. Jonesboro Police need your help in identifying the two suspects. If you have any information regarding the vehicle theft along with the two commercial burglaries, send us a message or call us at 870-935-5657. If your tip leads to an arrest, you will be entitled to a cash award through CrimeStoppers of Jonesboro.

Posted by Jonesboro Police Department on Monday, September 9, 2019

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.

We would like to inform our customers that we did have a vehicle drive through our front doors late Sunday night. There...

Posted by Express Pawn Inc on Monday, September 9, 2019

A $250,000 bond was set Wednesday for Cotton and Burrow during a probable cause hearing.

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