Phillips County Sheriff Neal Byrd arrested a male suspect in connection with the Oct. 20 break-in at Jordan's on Highway 49 West.
According to the incident reported the PCSO filed, deputies responded to a call around 2:12 a.m. Deputies noted that the building had been entered but the intruders were gone when they arrived at the scene.
Store manager Sandra Owens showed the investigating officers surveillance video of the break-in. The report stated that the video revealed two black males breaking the window of the front door and entering the businesses. Once inside, one of the subjects leaped over the counter, grabbing cigars from behind the counter area. The other subject grabbed chips and candy.
The report went onto say that Owens further reviewed the video footage of the subjects before they entered the store and recognized one of the males. Owens told the deputies that the male comes into the store all of the time but she did not know his name but she believed that she knew who his father was.
Following additional investigation, Lt. Sylvester Rose found out that man Owens named as the father had a stepson named Courtney Willis. From a 6-picture lineup presented to Owens, the store manager identified Willis as the man that she saw in the video just moments before the break-in. The report added that Owens also identified Willis as one of the two men in the video inside the store during the break-in.
Two days later on Oct. 22, Byrd spotted Willis at the AZ Food Mart on North Sebastian and took him into custody.
The incident report says Willis has been charged with commercial burglary, a Class C felony; theft of property, a Class C felony; and criminal mischief.
Willis' bond was set at $51,000 and he is currently in custody at Brickeys.