Apparently, the alert action of a local business owner helped thwart an attempted theft from his establishment.
On April 22, the Phillips County Sheriff's Department received a phone call from Terry Corbit reporting that he was at his business with two males reportedly “stealing his stuff.”
Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Hidden Treasure business on Highway 49, where Corbit had detained two suspects identified as Eric Bennett and Jessie Mills.
According to investigating officer Lt. Sylvester Rose, as he walked around the side of the business, he saw a Honda Accord inside the building.
Bennett told Rose that he thought the business was abandoned.
During a walk through of the business, Rose discovered several items inside a garbage can sitting by the front door.
Bennett and Mills were taken into custody and transported to the Phillips County's Sheriff's Office for processing. The pair was charged with commercial burglary and theft of property. Their bonds were set at $76,000 each and they were transferred to jail facility at Wynne.