The burglary sent two accused thieves to separate hospitals for drug overdoses and yielded three arrests for residential burglary and other charges. Additional drug charges may also be filed pending the identification of the pills that were not in labeled bottles.
Arrested for the burglary of the home of Joy Elrod on 64 Skyview Drive in the Hidden Valley area of Highland were Charles Clements, 25, of Highland, Timothy Jones, 20, of Jonesboro, and Joseph Beasley, 20, of Hardy. Jones was also charged with possession of marijuana and Beasley with possession of an instrument of crime.
Highland Police Officer Jeremy Stevens responded to a call regarding a break-in in Hidden Valley from Elrod June 30. Elrod advised Stevens that after returning home she noticed her home in disarray and that some of her medications were missing along with some flower vases. The prescriptions were vital to Elrod's health and included Zoloft, a drug commonly used to treat depression and anxiety, hydrocodone, a pain killer and her thyroid medication along with several other medications.
When Stevens questioned Elrod about possible suspects, she suggested her neighbors and advised them that Clements had called her at 3:30 a.m. the day prior to the break-in asking for some hydrocodone for a toothache.
Steven's said he arrived at the neighbor's home at 70 Skyview and noticed a bag outside the residence open with the two vases described by Elrod sticking out. Stevens noticed the door of the home open and saw two males, later identified as Jones and Beasley, lying over furniture. He yelled to identify himself and get a response from one of the occupants.
Stevens said Natosha Crocker came to the door and told him she had been sleeping and helped Stevens try to wake the two men.
After finally waking the men and attempting to question them, Jones emptied his pocket of numerous pills over the railing into the yard. Stevens then placed Jones under arrest and placed him in his patrol car.
After rousing Beasley, who was incoherent in his speech, Stevens called for back-up and Beasley also emptied his pockets of pills and a syringe with a bent needle over the railing.
After reading the female subject her rights, she told Stevens no one was left in the home, at which time a vehicle drove up and the driver identified himself as Anthony Clement's father who told the officer his son had called him to come pick him up.
Because of the female's statement, Stevens did not think there was anyone else inside the home. Soon after Anthony Clement's arrived another subject, Charles Anthony Clement's came out of the house visibly stumbling and began accusing Jones of the theft. Stevens said Charles told several conflicting stories about the event, but admitted to consuming the medication.
Stevens said that while Jones was in his patrol car waiting to be taken to jail, he emptied more drugs out of his pockets, while cuffed, producing three bags of a substance that field tested as marijuana and more pills that were found behind the seat in the patrol car.
Spring River Ambulance checked Beasley at the scene and transported him to the Fulton County Hospital for a possible drug overdose. He was then air lifted to St. John's in Springfield.
The other two subjects were taken to the Sharp County Jail. While in transport, Clements tried to recover Xanax from the floorboard of the police car. While being booked Clements had pills in his mouth that were removed by the jailor.
While being questioned, Clements continued to blame the others and offered to take the officers to the location of other stolen property. Clements was taken to the Fulton County Hospital later in the evening due to a possible overdose.
Elrod identified the stolen property as belonging to her. She said that she moved from Truman to get away from this kind of thing.
She said that since the medicines were stolen, her Medicare would not pay for another refill, but did say that Max Hill at Hill's Pharmacy was helping her get the medicines she needs.