While most Phillips County residents busy themselves preparing for a season of giving and thanksgiving, there are those that are plotting ways to get something for nothing by stealing. Statistics show that residential burglaries and break-ins tend to increase during the holidays and Helena-West Helena is no exception.
While most Phillips County residents busy themselves preparing for a season of giving and thanksgiving, there are those that are plotting ways to get something for nothing by stealing. Statistics show that residential burglaries and break-ins tend to increase during the holidays and Helena-West Helena is no exception. Currently, local police are investigating seven such incidents that have occurred between November 18 and November 23. On November 20, Officer Steven Eldridge responded to a residential burglary call in the Buckeye Street area. The resident reported to Eldridge that a person or persons entered his home by removing the air conditioning unit. According to Eldridge's narrative, when he searched the house the residence was in disarray. Two guns the resident kept in his bedroom were found lying on the living room couch. Several other items were reported missing and listed in a separate report. On November 21, officer Charles Byrd was dispatched to a breaking and entering incident on Park Street. The owner of the rental property, James Jones, told Byrd that an unknown person or persons broke a windowpane to gain entry. Once inside, Byrd's narrative states that the intruder stole a hot water tank. Larry Wilson reported on November 18 that an intruder broke into his rental property on Sixth Street and stole a copper gas line from a heater in a bedroom and a hot water heater from the hallway. Entry was gained, according to Officer Byrd's report, by breaking a window on the porch of the residence. A Nov. 22 break-in at a North Washington residence netted thieves an unknown amount of jewelry. Entry was gained through a back window of the home. Cpl. Chris Hellums was the investigating officer. That same day, Officer Roosevelt Eaton was called to a residential break-in on South 8th Street. Eaton's narrative reported that a 27” TV and a laptop computer were missing. The owner told police that they did not know how the intruder got into the house. Also on November 22, Johnny Jackson reported to police that someone had stolen his truck from his residence on West Cleburne. Officer Roosevelt Eaton's narrative stated that Jackson had no clue as to who would steal his vehicle. Officer Christopher Miller responded to a residential burglary in the Christopher Circle area. The resident told Miller that someone had broken into his apartment and Miller noted that the front door had been pried open. According to the resident, his TV, DVD player and a Marlin semi-automatic rifle had been stolen. The resident told police who he suspected broke into his house and stole his things. Residents are encouraged to call police when they see any type of suspicious activity in their neighborhood.