NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) — North Little Rock Police are searching for the second suspect in a series of break-ins that happened around North Hills Boulevard Monday morning.
North Little Rock Police said they believe two suspects are responsible for nine car break-ins and taking thousands of dollars in personal belongings. Police arrested 18-year-old Donte Peterson at the scene where he admitted to breaking into at least six cars.
"Kind of makes you mad that people are just running around your neighborhood and destroying your personal property,” Barry Mills said.
Mills was on his way to work Monday when he realized his driver side window was smashed.
"That's the first time I ever had anybody bust my window, just to kind of rummage through my truck,” Mills said.
Mills is just one of nine people hit overnight.
"This usually a really quiet neighborhood,” he said. “I guess thieves are just gutsy.”
Sgt. Brian Dedrick with the North Little Rock Police Department said police responded to the neighborhood around 3 a.m. Monday.
“We received a call in reference to someone that had heard his alarm go off. When he stepped outside he saw two individuals running from his vehicle. At that point in time they were running toward his backyard, so he called 9-1-1,” Dedrick said.
Dedrick said officers then set up a perimeter to try and catch the suspects. That was when they caught Peterson.
"He was charged with six counts of breaking or entering,” Dedrick said.
Dedrick said even if you have everything out of sight in your car, it is important to take things of your glove compartment and center console because that's mostly what thieves are going through.
"Everything from electronics to sunglasses to ammunition to money. Pretty much you name it,” he said.
Mills had his car window replaced Wednesday, and said he wants other people to learn from him.
"Unfortunately, just don't keep anything in your vehicle. I got lucky and didn't have a whole lot of stuff in there but it's getting to where you can't keep anything,” Mills said.
Dedrick said police have good leads on who the second suspect may be. He also said police were able to recover some of the stolen items and returned them to the owners.