Thieves hit daycare in Jonesboro

A Jonesboro Police Department patrol car. Photo by Stan Morris.

JONESBORO, Ark. – When daycare workers at one Jonesboro business arrived to work Monday morning, they found a scene of theft and burglary.

The ARKids Pediatric Day Care, 3100-Apache Drive in Jonesboro, was burglarized sometime between 4 p.m. Sunday afternoon and Monday morning at 7 a.m. Jonesboro police responded to a call at the daycare at 8:15 a.m. Monday, learning computers and other electronic items had been stolen sometime the night before.

A window to an office on the back side of the building had a screen and blind cut, with the window having been left unlocked.

Nearly all of the offices were rummaged through by suspects, according to the manager’s report. At least four Lenovo desktop computers, one Apple iPad, one HP Pavillion laptop, and other items were reported missing.

However, several bags full of stolen goods were left lying across the business. According to the report, it appears the suspects were spooked and left without most of the merchandise they intended to steal.

Police are inventorying what was stolen and what was left.

A crime scene investigator photographed footwear impressions outside of the building and collected 11 fingerprint cards. He believed only one computer, one monitor and some coasters were stolen. A Powerade bottle with green liquid was also left in the building, believed to possibly belong to a suspect.

Police are investigating the incident in conjunction with a security camera theft happening at Danny Grubbs Medical Office, Methodist Drive in Jonesboro the same evening. A suspect attempted to take a security camera and inadvertently aimed it at his face, the report indicated. The footage was not yet in police hands as of Tuesday, 2:30 p.m., JPD Information Specialist Paul Holmes said.

If you can provide JPD with any information, you may report anonymously to 935-STOP.

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