The Newport Police Department has arrested two juveniles in connection with a burglary that occurred last Thursday afternoon.
According to Lt. Patrick Weatherford, Newport Police Department, at around 11:45 a.m. Thursday, August 15, Newport Police Department officers responded to a burglary in progress at 1224 N. State St.. Police say three witnesses had called police giving a "play-by-play" account of what happened at the burglary. According to police, Lt. Allen Edwards was the first officer on scene and when he went to the back of the residence he seen a 17-year-old black male climbing out of the home through a broken window. Edwards arrested the suspect and also located an item that had been stolen from the home. Investigators say, witnesses informed them that a second suspect had climbed through the broken windows just before authorities arrived and fled on foot. A Jackson County Sheriff's Department deputy, who was also responding to the call, saw this second person running across Daughtery Street wearing the same clothes that were described by the witness, however, the suspect, also a 17-year-old black male, could not be immediately located. On August 19, Newport police say they received an anonymous tip regarding the location of the second juvenile and were able to locate and arrest him later that day. Both juveniles are currently behind bars at he the White River Juvenile Detention Center in Batesville and are expected to be charged with Residential Burglary and Theft of Property in the Jackson County Circuit Court-Juvenile Division. "The home owner had just left a few minutes prior to the burglary and saw these two juveniles walking on her street," explained Weatherford. "They apparently saw her leave and chose to break into the home while she was away. She is very thankful that her neighbors were attentive and called the police." Due to the age of the suspects their names were not released.