Helena-West Helena Police have arrested a suspect in connection with a residential burglary and break-in in the 1100 block of Pecan on Oct. 10.
According to an incident report filed with the H–WHPD, officer Steven Eldridge responded to a call regarding a subject entering a residence. Neighbors near the residence told Eldridge that the subject was running toward the back of the house. Eldridge caught up with the suspect as he was attempting exit through a hole in the fence in the backyard.
In the report, Eldridge stated that he ordered the man to stop and lay on the ground. The report said he complied and was arrested. Eldridge reported that witnesses identified the suspect apprehended, David Brown, as the man they saw outside the residence with the items he allegedly took from the house.
Eldridge stated in the report that while conducting a search of Brown, he found a small marijuana roach in his right front pocket and U.S. coins totaling $11.59, identified by the home owner. Brown also had two cell phones in his possession that also were identified as having come from the house.
The incident report included statements from witnesses that said they saw a man wearing brown pants crawling through the front window of the house. Another witness stated they saw the man fitting Brown's description picking up the articles taken from the residence.
Eldridge also commented in the report that he saw a foot imprint in the wet lawn. The pattern of the imprint, he stated, was an exact match of Brown's foot wear.
The report revealed that additional investigation turned up that the suspect entered the residence by breaking out a window in the front of the residence. The case was turned over to the department's Criminal Investigation Division.
The items were returned to the owner.
Brown faces charges of residential burglary and possession of a controlled substance.