On July 6, 2013, Stephenson Oil Company, located at 1021 Hwy 367 North in Newport, reported a burglary. The suspect entered the customer service booth during the overnight hours and was captured on video surveillance. Through the use of the Stephenson Oil Company video surveillance footage and the video of other area businesses, investigators were able to determine that the suspect was BRANDON CAMPBELL, a 34 white male from Amagon, AR. A warrant was issued for CAMPBELL charging him with the felony offense of Commercial Burglary. Officers from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department located CAMPBELL at an address in Amagon on August 4 and he was taken into custody. CAMBPELL appeared in Newport District Court on Monday August 5 and his bond was set at $30,000. At the time of this arrest, CAMPBELL was out on bond and awaiting trial for a break-in of a display case at Wal Mart in 2012. “Quality video surveillance footage, like that in use by Stephenson Oil Company and other local businesses, often provides the crucial evidence necessary to make an arrest in these types of cases” said Lt. Patrick Weatherford.
On April 29, 2013, Farmers Tire Mart, located at 1501 Malcolm, reported a burglary. In this case, the suspects broke into the business and stole a safe containing cash as well as other items. Investigators developed KRAY PARKER, a 19 year old black male from Diaz, as one of the suspects. Newport Police Department investigators interviewed PARKER shortly after the incident and he was uncooperative. Diaz Police Department Chief of Police Derrick Person was conducting a separate investigation regarding the burglaries of several homes in Diaz and during an interview, PARKER admitted that he had burglarized Farmers Tire Mart and provided details of the offense that were not known by the general public. Chief Person then notified Newport Police Department investigators of this statement and a felony warrant was issued for PARKER charging him with the felony offense of Commercial Burglary. He was arrested on August 6 by Newport Police Department officers. At the time of his arrest he threw a bag of marijuana onto the ground and is therefore also charged with the misdemeanor offense of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Marijuana. PARKER is expected to appear in Jackson County Circuit Court on August 7. As of the time of this press release his bond has not yet been set. At the time of his arrest, PARKER was out on bond and awaiting trial for the offense of Aggravated Riot which occurred in Newport in April, 2013.