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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Arrest in newspaper box thefts

Posted By on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 8:57 AM

I was kind of hoping there was something more interesting at the root of this Little Rock police report. Multiple thefts of Arkansas Democrat-Gazette vending boxes since April. 35 to 40 of them found dumped in Southwest Little Rock. A letters to the editor writer finally gone totally berserk over Gene Lyons?

Alas, no, says Police Lt. Terry Hastings. Apparently this was just a lot of lifting, transporting, jimmying and dumping boxes to get at the few dollars worth of coins inside. Police were tipped to a potential suspect, Hastings said, and prints found on the dumped boxes matched those of a suspect now under arrest.

LRPD RELEASE

1. 2010- 37917- THEFT BY RECEIVING

SUSPECT — DARRELL HENSON, B/M, 11-22-1970, 7815 CALLEGHAN

VICTIM — ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT/GAZETTE, 301 W. CAPITAL

INCIDENT DATE/TIME — 07-25-2010

INCIDENT LOCATION — 8822 STAGECOACH ROAD

ARREST DATE/TIME — 08-23-2010, 1100 HOURS

ARREST LOCATION — 7815 CALLEGHAN

On 04-15-10, Mr. Mike Sullivan, Single Copy District Sales Manager for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette, began reporting thefts of newspaper vending machine boxes from local businesses. Detectives received information that the newspaper boxes were being dumped at the dead end of Gregory Road (Gregory Road intersects Baseline Road approximately 1 mile west of Stagecoach Road). Several boxes were located at this location.

During the next several months, between 35-40 newspaper boxes have been stolen from the area and a vast majority of them have been recovered at the dead end of Gregory Road. The money container on the top of the newspaper have been vandalized and all of the U.S. Latent fingerprints were lifted from several of the boxes and stored as evidence. Information regarding the suspects was developed and the latent fingerprints of one of the suspects were compared to those lifted from the boxes. Warrants for Theft by Receiving “C” Felony were obtained for Darrell Henson B/M, address of 7815 Calleghan Road, which is the next street west of Gregory Road. On 08-23-10, Mr. Henson as arrested at his residence and transported to the Downtown Detective Division where he was served with the warrant and transported to Northside Intake. More charges and arrests are anticipated.

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