In Neelyville store burglary Witness aids quick capture

Thursday, May 24, 2012


Associate Editor

NEELYVILLE, Mo. -- Eyewitness information led Butler County authorities to arresting four Arkansans believed responsible for a overnight burglary of a Neelyville convenience store.

At about 11 p.m. Wednesday at alarm sounded at JB's Store in the 17200 block of Highway 67 South.

The witness, according to Butler County Lt. Brian Evans, heard radio traffic over her scanner about the alarm sounding and subsequently rode to the business with a store employee.

"She stated when she left her house, she noticed four people leaving her neighbor's field," Deputy Nick Brasser said in his report. "She stated she hollered at them, and they ran to the Neelyville City Water plant."

The witness, Brasser said, reported a Ford Ranger with four people inside came out of the parking lot.

The truck went eastbound and then southbound on Old Highway 67, Brasser said.

The witness, Evans said, provided officers with both a vehicle description, as well as license plate information.

As he was responding to the scene, Brasser said, he was told about the witness' vehicle information and subsequently saw a similar truck coming down County Road 276, off of Highway 67 South.

Brasser said he turned his patrol car around and also headed down County Road 276, where he then stopped the approaching truck.

Inside the truck were driver, Kenny Wayne Fields, 19, of Corning, Ark., and passengers, Tiffany Ann Hawkins, 18, and Jentrie Rashea Korbar, 21, both of Corning, and Michael C. Williams, 22, of Paragould, Ark.SNpn

The four, Brasser said, were detained and taken to JB's Store, where the witness identified them as the subjects she earlier had seen.

After being told of their rights, Brasser said, both Fields and Williams denied having been at the store.

Brasser said Hawkins, who also was told of her rights, reported they had parked behind the water shed, and she and Williams had then walked down a field road as Korbar and Fields "disappeared walking toward JB's Store.

"She denied ever being at the store."

Korbar, Brasser said, also reported having parked behind the water shed and taking "off walking down a field road."

During the investigation, officers reportedly found a window had been broken at JB's, and the store's owner reported eight cartons of cigarettes had been stolen from his business.

The cigarettes were recovered on County Road 276, Brasser said.

"They confessed to ditching the cigarettes on the county road when they saw (Brasser) coming toward them," Evans said.

All four were arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, first-degree trespassing, stealing and second-degree property damage. Fields also was arrested on suspicion of driving while suspended/revoked.

All four were booked at the Butler County jail.

Evans said officers are waiting for information from Clay County, Ark., authorities in regards to the four's possible involvement in burglaries there, including one at a pharmacy.

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