JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man was behind bars Thursday, accused of at least seven counts of breaking or entering, theft, theft by receiving and possession of a firearm by certain persons, in a case that police say had many components.
Toby Hill of Jonesboro was arrested after a several months-long investigation into the break-ins at storage units around Jonesboro. The break-ins happened between Sept. 26 and Oct. 14, police said.
According to a 56-page police report in one case alone, police believe Hill cut the lock off of one building on Strawfloor Drive Oct. 11 and took several items. Police also allege Hill took furniture, tools, clothing and other household items at other locations in Jonesboro.
Witnesses told police that they saw Hill pull up in a white truck, with a black trailer for loading items, police said. However, investigators allege that Hill would replace any locks he broke into, to leave the renters unable to get back into their own storage units.
In another case, police said another storage building on Strawfloor Drive was broken into Sept. 26 with several items including a 36-bulb tanning bed, an air compressor, a 32-inch flatscreen television and an electric guitar were taken.
Police also allege Hill also broke into a storage facility on Clinton School Road Oct. 11, taking several dozen pieces of clothing and household items. Police also believe Hill broke into two other storage facilities on Clinton School Road, taking wind chimes and a coffee pot from one location and a washer, dryer, mountain bikes and a lawn mower from the other location.
Hill was being held Thursday in the Craighead County jail, awaiting a probable cause hearing. Police said they are still trying to recover all of the stolen items, but ask renters to check their storage units thoroughly and frequently.
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