On August 18, 2013, Newport Police Department officers were dispatched to Newport Gold and Pawn, located at 100 Third Street, in reference to a burglary.
Upon the arrival of officers they found that the glass in the front door of the business had been broken. The manager of the business arrived a few minutes later and it was determined that someone had broken out the door with a brick and then climbed through the security bars of the door and made entry. Among the items stolen were three handguns. The Newport Police Department Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and located several areas of possible blood on the ground, the door, and the display case where the guns were normally housed. During a review of Newport Gold and Pawn’s video surveillance footage, investigators were able to identify the suspect as DARRYN KEITH WREN, a 26 year old black male from Newport. On August 28, 2013, officers received a tip to the possible whereabouts of WREN and were able to locate and arrest him without incident. WREN was transported to the Jackson County Detention Center where he was interviewed and confessed to breaking into the business. “The bars on the door were spaced eight to nine inches apart yet according to the suspect he was able to fit through them with ease,” stated Lt. Patrick Weatherford. “The business has since upgraded their physical security to reduce the likelihood of a burglary occurring through this point of entry again.” WREN is currently incarcerated in the Jackson County Detention Center and is expected to appear in Newport District Court on August 30. He is expected to be charged with the offenses of Commercial Burglary, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, and Theft of Property.