JONESBORO, Ark. – The hope is that less vehicles in Jonesboro will be broken into after a suspect was arrested who said he was behind at least several of the misdeeds.
Craighead County Sheriff’s Office deputies encountered the man at about 4 a.m. Sunday while traveling down Lawson Road near Timberland Drive. There, a green Mercury Mountaineer was found sitting on the side of the road facing eastbound. Deputy Daniel Willey approached and found the suspect, Justin Isaac Morgan, 20, of Jonesboro.
Once the deputy spoke with Morgan, he noticed the suspect was very nervous, the report said. Morgan said he was out of gas and was nervous because he was on felony probation and had taken a shot of alcohol earlier at a party. He then admitted to having a handgun under his passenger seat, saying his friend left it there.
The officer realized something was amiss when he noticed footsteps in the snow to the right of the vehicle, leading toward a residence to the south.
While officers tracked the footsteps to determine what type of activity had taken place, Jonesboro officers stated Morgan made a confession to breaking and entering into vehicles in Jonesboro. Because of this, JPD took possession of the suspect to be taken to detectives and interviewed.
Morgan is facing felony charges of breaking and entering into a vehicle and possession of a firearm by certain persons. He is being held in Craighead County Detention Center as of 11 a.m. Monday.
Anyone with information regarding this suspect or vehicle vandalism may call Jonesboro police at 935-5553 or Crime Stoppers at 935-7867.