Dollar General on Johnson Ave hit by burglars early Tuesday

JONESBORO, Ark. – A business was hit by burglars in the early hours Tuesday morning but their plans may have been foiled by an observant witness who called 911.

Now, police are asking for the public’s help in identifying either of the two suspects.

At 4:59 a.m., Anthony Zaffarano was one of several JPD officers called to the 5900-block of East Johnson Avenue, where the Dollar General was reportedly being burglarized. The crime may have gone unnoticed for several more hours except a newspaper delivery man was dropping off papers when he noticed two males pilfering through the store. He called 911.

Surveillance video showed the suspects to police but not very clearly. One appeared to be a tall, slender black male wearing black pants, a black shirt, a black bandanna and black sneakers. He was carrying a red bag. The other suspect was described as a black male with black pants, shirt, bandanna, a gray hat, and white sneakers. (featured photo)

Officer Zaffarano documented the incidents in the report.

“…at 0339 the alarm goes off and video shows one person break the front door,” Zaffarano details. “The suspect wearing all black with the red bag breaks the window with a brick and tire iron. The first suspect goes to the cigarette case at the front of the store, breaks the glass, and takes unknown tobacco items. The suspect then leaves the store through the front door leaving the tire iron by the cigarette case.”

An hour later, the incident continued.

“At 0441, the second suspect enters the store through the front door,” Zaffarano said. “He goes to the tobacco and picks up the tire iron. He steals tobacco products, then steals a phone, then steals a 2 liter of Sprite, and then steals unknown property. He then exits the store through the front door. It is unknown where the suspects went to and if it was on foot or in a vehicle.”

Because of an antiquated video surveillance software system, NEA Report was only able to pull screen grabs of the footage in question. We did capture a few moments of one of the suspects walking through the store and then exiting. His walk is very distinguished and he is wearing sneakers. He appears younger, possibly a teenager.

If you have any information which could assist authorities, call Jonesboro Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division at (870) 935-6710 or Crimestoppers at (870) 935-STOP (7867)

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