Two suspects were arrested in separate commercial burglary incidents in the Highland area recently.
According to an incident report obtained from the Highland Police Department, on Sept. 25, a tip was called into central dispatch, regarding a possible theft of a heating and air unit from K & S Construction. The tip also provided law enforcement with a vehicle description.
Highland Police Chief Jeremy Stevens and Sharp County Deputy Stanley Haney went to the business and noticed a vehicle matching the description given in the tip.
Stevens said as they entered the parking lot, they noticed a heating and air unit in the back of the truck. The subject, later identified as Jack D. Trezza, 51, of Cherokee Village told officers he had permission from the owner to be there.
Stevens said he was aware the business belonged to Liberty Bank and was vacant. After calling Liberty Bank, Stevens confirmed that Trezza did not have permission to be there and was taken to jail and charged with felony commercial burglary.
In a separate incident, Lawrence W. Goodin III, 33, of Hardy was arrested for commercial burglary of the Army Navy Surplus store in Highland.
The report provided by Highland Police Chief Jeremy Stevens says that on the morning of Sept. 29 he was dispatched to the Highland Army Navy Surplus in regard to a call from Mike King.
King had driven by the business and noticed the door open and called 9-1-1.
Stevens said that after arriving at the business he noticed the door had been pried open and a glass case had been opened and guns were missing.
Due to the darkness in the building the cameras did not pick up the crime and, although the alarm was activated, the alarm company did not contact central dispatch.
Later in the morning, a tip was called into dispatch advising them that Goodin was at the Choctaw Center attempting to sell some guns that were believed to have been taken in the break-in.
Officers Kincade, Ash Flat Police Chief Anthony Wiles, Cherokee Village Investigator Shane Hightower and Stevens arrived at the Choctaw Center. Goodin and two other male subjects were present and standing beside a truck. Stevens advised Goodin of his rights and explained why the officers were there.
Goodin gave the officers permission to take the four guns from his vehicle. Stevens then took him to the Highland Police Department for questioning.
Goodin told Stevens he parked his truck at Abundant Life Church around 4 a.m. He then walked to the Army Navy Surplus store and broke in with a crowbar. He said he took four guns and left because the alarm was going off.
Goodin told Stevens he was selling three of the guns for $100 each to pay his electric bill so he wouldn't lose his children. Dennis McDowell, owner of the business said the guns were valued at $2,270. McDowell said within 12 hours of the incident, his door was repaired and the guns were back in the cases.