CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Craighead County sheriff's deputies have arrested a man suspected in a rash of vehicle break-ins.
In addition to stealing a gun, cash, and tools, investigators say the suspect took a man's car but didn't get far.
Collin Blake Miller, 23, of Jonesboro appeared Monday before Craighead County District Judge David Boling who found probable cause to charge him with six counts breaking or entering a vehicle, theft of a firearm, felon in possession of a firearm, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, and possession of an instrument of crime.
According to court documents, on the night of June 30 and the morning of July 4, deputies responded to several vehicle break-ins around County Roads 713, 730, and 774.
According to the multiple incident reports, the thieves stole a .22 caliber pistol and .380 caliber pistol, along with several boxes of various ammunition, from one victim. At another home, they stole an expander tool valued at $500 and an impact driver valued at $200. One woman reported the crooks stole her change purse containing about $10 and a Motorola handheld radio worth $150.
While responding to the scene of the break-ins, one deputy found a green passenger car abandoned in the middle of CR 774. The keys, according to his incident report, were in the ignition.
Deputies contacted the registered owner, who lived a short distance away on 774, who confirmed the car had been stolen. But, he told investigators it would "only run for a short amount of time, due to it being disabled."
A man who saw the car stop in the middle of the road told deputies he walked out to help when he saw the suspect jump into a white Hyundai Santa Fe and speed off.
One of the victims, according to court documents, provided deputies with a video of the suspect entering his truck and leaving with a backpack.
"The person on video was identified as Collin Blake Miller by his parole officer," the probable cause affidavit said.
On July 4, deputies went to Miller's home on County Road 7743 and conducted a parole search. After finding a used marijuana pipe and a clear pipe with some burnt residue, deputies arrested Miller and took him to the Craighead County Detention Center.
During an interview with investigators on July 5, Miller "admitted to breaking into several vehicles" on the night in question.
"Miller admitted to breaking into at least six vehicles," the affidavit said. "Miller stated that he had to take the green passenger car because his vehicle would not start and he used it to get his vehicle started."
Miller is being held at the CCDC on a $1,500 cash/surety bond awaiting his next court date on Aug. 23.