A break-in to a Cave City pawn shop yields four arrests with one pending for various charges ranging from commercial burglary to drug charges.
According to a case report from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department and a supplemental report from the 16th Judicial Drug Task Force in Independence County, numerous felony arrests were made after a search warrant of a Cave City and a Batesville residence related to a break in at Cherokee Trading Post in Cave City.
Cave City Police Chief Aaron Presser took a report June 6 of the burglary where George Manual, owner of the business reported six guns and numerous pieces of jewelry stolen.
Following a tip from a neighbor who had seen a green pickup with two males and a female allegedly loading guns in the woods behind the business, Cave City officer David Edwards, stopped a vehicle later in the day containing some of the jewelry stolen from the business. The vehicle was occupied by Darien Croslin and his daughter Justina Croslin of Cave City. Darien was arrested at that time for his role in the burglary.
On June 7, Presser, and Sharp County Chief Deputy David Huffmaster met with Justina Croslin at the Sharp County Sheriff's Department. After being mirandized, Croslin told the officers her father had been living in an apartment in Cave City with Billy Arrivett. She advised the officers the day before three individuals, including Blake Ring, "a guy named Pony Tail" and Casey, brought eight guns into the house. Croslin said Arrivett, her father and she helped wipe down the guns and put them in the attic. She also advised officers of the location of a box of jewelry in the living room, as well as drug paraphernalia. She then told officers her father said the guns were "hot."
After securing a search warrant for the Arivett's residence, Presser, Huffmaster, Sharp County Deputy Gary Mitchell and Kevin Dienst, Cave City officer David Edwards, and State Troopers Mack Thompson, Seth Higginbottom and Jeremy Conner executed the warrant on the home in Cave City.
During the course of the search warrant, officers located a box with assorted jewelry with tags still remaining, several pieces of drug paraphernalia and jewelry in a second location.
After advising Arivett and Amanda Miller of their rights they spoke with officers. Miller informed officers she was at the Arivett home June 6 when James Reed, David Reed and Darian Bower brought six guns into the residence. They were later taken out of the house in a blanket.
Arivett told officials Bower had taken the guns to a lady on Ruddle Hill in Batesville to a woman they referred to as "granny" to exchange them for drugs and money.
Miller was then taken by Presser and Mitchell to Cave City Police Department where she was interviewed.
Presser and Huffmaster then traveled to Independence County to meet with a DTF investigator as well as parole officer Sherill Middleton. The investigator was familiar with the "granny" suspect and identified her as Mildred Mabry.
Because Mabry was on parole, the officers went with the parole officer to the home to search for the missing guns. Mabry told officers the guns were under the bed where Middleton retrieved five guns which were later identified as the stolen guns from the Cherokee Trading post.
The DTF agent then wrote a search warrant for the home and had is signed by Judge Taylor. During the search, the DTF investigator fund a large quantity of ice methamphetamine in the bedroom with the guns as well as drug paraphernalia.
The remainder of jewelry was located at the home of Amanda Miller near the Cave City Police Department.
After an interview with David Reed June 7 at the Cave City Police Department, Reed advised Presser he, his brother James and Darian Bowers broke into the business and stole the items.
John Darian Croslin, of Cave City, was arrested and charged with theft by receiving, a class C felony, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a class Y felony, and possession of a firearm by a certain person, a class D felony.
James G. Reed, of Cave City was arrested and charged with commercial burglary, a class C felony and theft of property, a class C felony.
Billy Arivett, of Cave City, was charged with theft by receiving, a class C felony and possession of an instrument of crime.
Mildred Mabry, of Batesville, was charged with theft by receiving, a class C felony, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, a class Y felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms, felon in possession of a firearm, furnishing prohibited articles into a correctional facility and possession of a prescribed drug outside its prescribed container.
A 17 year old juvenile will also be charged for commercial burglary and theft of property in the crime.