After three burglaries within a year at the Arkansas State Police office in Calico Rock two men were arrested on Jan. 20.
In the most recent incident entry had been gained by removing the bars and breaking a rear window of the police office, which was discovered on Jan. 19 by Izard County Deputy Jackie Orr.
A state police handheld radio was the only item missing. In the prior two break-ins items missing included a shotgun and some radio equipment.
While at the crime scene Arkansas State Police Sgt. Greg Alexander, Trooper First Class Todd Shaw and Sgt. Tommy Cleveland, along with officers from the Arkansas Department of Correction and Izard County Sheriff's Office, were notified of two church burglaries.
The Pleasant Valley Community Church located across the highway from the state police building had been broken into and about $2,000 worth of vandalism had been done inside the church.
The Pleasant Valley Baptist Church located one-half mile from the state police building had also been burglarized.
An electric guitar and an amp had been taken from the church. The church was broken into about three months ago and another electric guitar had been stolen at that time.
According to Deputy Marsee of the Izard County Sheriff's Office, evidence was left at the scene of the crime which led to the arrests.
Officers picked up suspect Billy Powell, 20, of Calico Rock, and questioned him about the crimes.
Powell admitted that he and Donnie Woodcock, 21, of Calico Rock, had committed the three burglaries on Jan. 18 and led officers to the stolen radio and guitar, authorities said.
Powell further admitted to the two prior burglaries of the state police building and led officers to the stolen shotgun. Powell told officers the radio equipment had been destroyed.Troopers Todd Shaw and Buck Foley, along with the Arkansas Department of Correction dogs, tracked Woodcock, who had been observed running into a wooded area. After a short foot chase, Woodcock was arrested.
On Jan. 21 warrants were obtained charging the two men with three counts of commercial burglary, two counts of theft of property and one count of criminal mischief.Powell is currently being held in the Izard County jail. Woodcock is incarcerated at the Stone County jail. Bond has been set at $50,000 each.
Marsee said old unsolved cases could result in additional charges against Powell and Woodcock of burglary and theft as the investigation continues.