BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) – New patrolling tactics and techniques help Benton police make quicker arrests.
Due to the increase of breaking and entering reports in various neighborhoods, the Benton Police Department implemented new patrolling tactics and techniques. The combined effort of residents immediately reporting suspicious activities resulted in an arrest Friday.
At approximately 3:09 a.m. Friday, July 7, 2017, officers responded to the area of Spring Creek Drive and Barberry Cove. Residents reported suspicious activity to 911 dispatchers. The callers reported that at least two people dressed in dark clothing were looking into the windows of multiple vehicles.
Upon arrival, officers located two men in dark clothes walking in the area. After a foot pursuit, one suspect was taken into custody, but police didn’t find the other suspect.
BNPD detectives responded to the scene and discovered 20-year-old Dalon Rodgers of North Little Rock in the possession of stolen property. A stolen vehicle containing multiple stolen items was also recovered at the scene.
Rodgers faces multiple charges, including 8 counts of Breaking and Entering, Residential Burglary, 8 counts of Theft of Property, 3 counts of Theft of Property, Theft by Receiving, Theft by Receiving, Fleeing, and Criminal Trespass.
Additional charges and additional suspect arrests are expected.
The new patrolling techniques included the use of new technology combined with multiple patrol tactics and continued cooperation and support from citizens. The Benton Police Department urges all citizens to always lock vehicle doors, doors to all property, and to call 911 operators immediately if they notice suspicious activity. Do not leave valuable items inside vehicles, including firearms, which could be stolen and used in other crimes.