JPD: Teen confesses to dozens of car break-ins | Crime
Jonesboro police say a teen has confessed to breaking into at least 48 vehicles.
Early Monday morning the 16-year-old suspect, who was not identified because of his age, was spotted checking the doors of multiple cars parked in the area of Cate and East Streets, according to the initial police report.
While responding to the scene, Officer Caleb Landreth saw a boy matching the suspect’s description running away from the location.
Landreth stopped the boy and asked why he was running. The teen reportedly said he was “running home because he had to go to the bathroom.”
Recognizing the teen from a previous arrest, Landreth took the juvenile into custody and transported him to the Craighead County Detention Center.
According to an email from Sgt. Lyle Waterworth, public information officer for the Jonesboro Police Department, Detective Vic Brooks researched similar crimes and discovered a number of other vehicle break-ins reported in that same area.
During an interview with Brooks, the suspect reportedly admitted he alone was responsible for at least 48 breaking or entering incidents.
Waterworth said the investigation is ongoing.
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