In a press release provided by Sharp County Sheriff Dale Weaver, he said that on Oct. 3, the Ash Flat Police Department responded to call from Remington Plaza in Ash Flat to take a report regarding a burglary of one of the businesses located within the strip mall.
On Oct. 6, owners of Meachams Restaurant also reported that their business had been broken into. Due to the increasing number of commercial burglaries, Jackson's Auto Parts in Ash Flat installed a video surveillance system hoping that if his business was broken into, the tapes would help catch the person committing the burglaries. Shortly thereafter, Jackson's Auto Parts was broken into and after reviewing the video from the store, a male subject was identified by detectives and Police Chief Ernie Rose of Hardy and Police Chief Anthony Wiles of Ash Flat as possibly being David A. Hightower.
The detectives checked Hightower's record and discovered he had an active warrant for burglary. After discovering his whereabouts, Hightower was arrested at Richwood Apartments in Ash Flat. During the investigation it was also learned that Jeani B's restaurant in Hardy was also broken into during the night. After arresting Hightower, officers discovered methamphetamine and syringes in his front pocket. Hightower admitted to detectives to breaking into Meacham's, Jackson's Auto Parts and Jeani B's and later admitted to breaking into Lakeview Diner in Cherokee Village. Most of the stolen merchandise was recovered with the exception of a flat screen television, two laptops and four digital cameras.
The press release states that Hightower committed a total of 11 burglaries. He was charged with commercial burglary and is currently being held in the Sharp County Jail in lieu of $65,000 bond.