UPDATE: Alvin Avance Captured in Helena

The Helena-West Helena Police Department and the Federal  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) received a tip, Monday, November 5, 2018 that led to the location, captured and arrest of fugitive convicted felon Alvin Avance, according to Helena-West Helena Police Chief James Patrick Smith. Avance was immediately transferred to a Federal facility by the ATF.

On October, 19, 2018, Helena-West Helena Police Officers, along with investigators from ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), interviewed seven individuals in connection with the EZ Pawn Robbery, which occurred on July 30, 2018. 

On October 22, 2018, Helena-West Helena Police Officers, along with ATF investigators, executed a search warrant on Alvin Avance’s residence, located at 715 Garland in West Helena. 

Items recovered included several firearms, a large amount of marijuana, several bullets, digital scale, knives, and other weapons. At least four of the firearms recovered matched firearms stolen from EZ Pawn. 

A Rule 8 hearing was held on October 23, 2018. Alvin Avance was released on his own recognizance by Phillips County District Judge Durwood King. It should be noted that Alvin Avance is a convicted felon. He was convicted of 2nd Degree Murder in 2005.

“This has been an ongoing investigation with the Helena-West Helena Police Department in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). We’ve been working real hard trying identify the location where these guns are that were taken from the EZ Pawn a couple of months ago,” said Chief Smith. “We’re trying to identify these locations.”

The investigation found the location to be 715 Garland in West Helena.

“Officers executed a Search Warrant at the location,” said Smith. “We obtained approximately 15 guns, long rifles, hand guns. Four of those guns are believed to be from the EZ Pawn. We found a large amount of marijuana, knives and other drug paraphernalia at that location.”