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.