Arrest Made in Newton County Break-ins

thumb_df565e6f41e281aJASPER, Ark. – A man from Hasty, Arkansas is arrested and charged with multiple felonies following 2 commercial break-ins Sunday in Newton County.

Sheriff Keith Slape says deputies and Jasper Police first responded to Norton’s Store in Piercetown on a report of property damage and burglary, and then responded to Tanner’s Hardware in Jasper on a similar report.

Slape says video footage provided a suspect and vehicle description, and officers were able to locate 22-year-old James Finch, who reportedly confessed to both of the break-ins.

According to Slape, all of the stolen property was recovered from Finch, including 63 packs of cigarettes from Norton’s Store, and a TV, iPod and other electronics from Tanner’s Hardware.

Finch is charged with 2 counts of commercial burglary, 2 counts of theft and 2 counts of criminal mischief. He is being held in the Newton County Jail, with an initial court appearance scheduled this week.

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