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A suspect for multiple Benton burglaries arrested and charged

A suspect for multiple Benton burglaries arrested and charged

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - A suspect is charged in connection with numerous property crimes in the Benton community. 

Taylor Peden, 22, was arrested and charged on Tuesday for his involvement with two commercial burglaries and a residential burglary. He committed a burglary at the Royal Theatre in downtown Benton and Fitness Unlimited on Highway 39 North. The residential crime was done at a home off Sunset Drive.

Police also found that Peden was connected to other property crimes that have occurred within the last two months. 

Peden was already incarcerated in the Saline County Detention Facility on other charges whenever detectives charged him.

He is charged with two counts of Commercial Burglary, Residential Burglary, two counts of Breaking and Entering, Theft of Property, two counts of Criminal Mischief and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card. 

Woman arrested for shoplifting and drug related charges

Woman arrested for shoplifting and drug related charges

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - One Benton woman, previously a suspect for shoplifting, was charged with two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

Benton Police responded to a call from the Walgreens off Military Road Thursday, stating that a theft was in progress. The store clerk identified the person responsible as Kristen Morris, 34.

Once Morris was taken into custody, police discovered two pipes in her possession containing what looked like methamphetamine and marijuana residue.

Morris is being held at the Saline County Jail and was also charged with Shoplifting.  

Three suspects arrested for felony property theft crimes

Three suspects arrested for felony property theft crimes

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department responded to a break-in alarm at the Tractor Supply off Interstate 30 early Sunday morning. 

When police arrived to the scene, they found that a cable had been cut on some of the merchandise located outside of the store and a log splitter had been stolen. 

The suspects Autumn Page, 26, William Rogers, 55, of North Little Rock and Johnnie Wigley, 33, of England were arrested after Bryant Police conducted a traffic stop. 

They were charged with Breaking and Entering, Theft of Property, Possession of an Instrument of Crime, Use of Another Person's Property to Facilitate a Crime, and Criminal Mischief. Police are still investigating the incident, and more charges could follow. 

The Benton Police Department asks that if anyone has information about this crime to call (501) - 778-1171 or (501) 315-TIPS. 

Benton Police launch 'On Your Tail'

Benton Police launch 'On Your Tail'

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - The Benton Police Department is hosting the 'On Your Tail' crime reduction initiative for the month of January. 

The program was created by the police in response to a recent rise in property crimes they've been seeing within the city of Benton.

As part of the initiative, Benton Police plan to utilize not only their uniformed patrol officers, but also the plain clothed officers to stay on the criminals' 'tail.' Officers will also be enhancing their patrols within areas that have had increased reports of crime. 

Police: Pair steals checks from family, cashes out over $5K

Police: Pair steals checks from family, cashes out over $5K

BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – Two people have been charged with forgery in a stolen checks case out of Benton.

According to Lt. Kevin Russell, Ashlee Rodgers, 23, and Neil Phelps, 27, both of Benton, were arrested Monday and charged. The warrant was issued after Rodgers and Phelps apparently took checks from a family member and wrote them out to themselves for cash for an amount totaling over $5,000.

Russell said that is an on-going investigation and additional charges could be forthcoming.

Police looking for man linked to 4 sexual assault cases

Police looking for man linked to 4 sexual assault cases


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (October 1, 2014) - The Hot Springs Police Department is looking for a man who by description has been linked to 4 sexual assault cases. The last known case was reported in August. In all four cases the victims have entered into the suspect's car willingly and without force.

Police are looking for a black male, 5'8-5'10, with thin build in his early to mid-20's with medium length hair. He may possibly sometimes wear eye glasses and has a tattoo of lips on the right side of his neck.

He has been known to travel in two vehicles. One vehicle is described as a late model 2000`s Subaru passenger car, possibly silver in color. The second vehicle is described as a mid 90`s dark green or blue Chevrolet Corsica or Lumina style vehicle.

Update: All 3 suspects arrested in recent Malvern National Bank robbery

Update: All 3 suspects arrested in recent Malvern National Bank robbery


BENTON, Ark. (October 1, 2014) - Detectives with the Benton Police Department obtained information that the third suspect in a recent bank robbery, Oneida Saylor, 35, has been arrested in Texas. Saylor was the third and final suspect being sought for a robbery that took place at Malvern National Bank on June 16.

Detectives worked diligently with numerous other agencies on locating the suspects and preserving valuable evidence in the case. Many of the other agencies that were contacted are also working parallel investigations on the suspects in their jurisdictions.

Rodney and Stephanie Hurdsman were arrested previously in relation to this investigation. All three suspects are currently awaiting extradition back to Arkansas.