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08/24/2015

ARREST MADE IN CONNECTION WITH MINI STORAGE BREAK-INS


Donald Joseph Miller

     A Harrison man, 24 year old DONALD JOSEPH MILLER, was arrested Sunday evening, August 23rd, on a multitude of breaking or entering charges after deputies investigated a complaint of suspicious vehicles at the mini-storage units on Highway 5 North of Mountain Home near Kelly Thomas Landscaping.

     At approximately 8:37 PM, the Sheriff’s Office took a call of two vehicles at that location. A license plate number on one of the vehicles was provided by the caller. The vehicles were seen to leave before deputies arrived, going North on State Highway 5.

     Earlier in the day Sunday, deputies had taken numerous reports of mini-storage units at various locations around the county being broken into and items stolen from them. The caller from one of those prior incidents that was reported at approximately 3:00 PM told Sheriff’s dispatchers that he had observed a man in a silver Toyota corolla with bolt cutters cutting the locks off units and obtained the license number. A check through the Arkansas Crime Information Center database indicated those license plates had been reported stolen in Harrison, Arkansas.

     Approximately thirty minutes after the 8:37 PM call on Highway 5 North came in, a Lakeview Police Officer spotted the vehicle displaying the stolen plates in Lakeview and initiated a vehicle stop. The driver, later identified as DONALD MILLER, was taken into custody. A male passenger fled from the vehicle and escaped. Upon running the vehicle identification number (VIN), officers learned that the vehicle itself had also been reported stolen in Harrison, Arkansas.

     DONALD JOSEPH MILLER was transported to the Detention Center and has been booked on charges of:

Breaking or Entering (9 counts) – Felonies
Theft by Receiving – Felony
Hold for Other Agency – Harrison Police

   He currently has a bond of $20,000 on the Baxter County charges and will appear in Circuit Court to answer those on August 27th.

     The investigation is continuing. Additional charges will likely be filed, and at least one additional arrest is anticipated.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

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