BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) - 134 cases of theft, burglary, and breaking or entering since June 1 have prompted Benton police to push back against the trend.
Police say they've doubled their street presence. In addition, they say officers will be utilizing plain clothes and vehicles for surveillance operations in business areas and neighborhoods.
Police say Steven David Cook, 31, was recently arrested thanks to these operations. He was arrested on theft of property charges and criminal trespassing related to scrap metal being stolen from a business.
In addition, police say 26-year-old Ryan Ferguson was arrested and is being charged with commercial burglary and theft of property relating to a laptop that was stolen from Holland Chapel Baptist Church.
Also, Chris Davis, 28, and Brandon Neeley, 25, are charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, possession of schedule III and IV narcotics with intent to deliver, and fleeing on foot. Additionally, Davis was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and theft by receiving after a stolen pistol was found on him. Police say these arrests were made as part of the new surveillance operations.
The Benton Police Department says these enhanced operations will continue until further notice. For more information, visit www.bentonpolice.org.