BENTONVILLE (KFSM) -- Bentonville Police have arrested five people on suspicion of being involved in a breaking or entering spree over the past two months, according to a police report.
Officers arrested Zachary Hudson, 19, of Centerton, on Tuesday (August 11), along with two juveniles from Bentonville and Pea Ridge, the release states. The three individuals were arrested on suspicion of multiple counts of breaking or entering, theft of property and criminal mischief.
Christian Stevens, 18, of Pea Ridge, and another Bentonville juvenile were arrested Wednesday (August 12), according to the release. The two were arrested on suspicion of accomplice to breaking or entering, and accomplice to theft by receiving.
Bentonville police received more than 50 reports related to criminal mischief or vehicle breaking or entering during the past two months, representing thousands of dollars in property loss and damage, the release states. The majority of these incidents were in Bentonville subdivisions, including College Place, Chardonnay and Blueberry Heights.
One resident of the Blueberry Heights neighborhood said the suspects used the markers inside his car to vandalize vehicles.
“I am glad they caught them,” said Seth Whitely, a resident whose car was one of those vandalized. “It was a waste of my time. I had to spend about two hours cleaning it up. I used some paint thinner, and it came right off. Then, I took it to the car wash and washed it.”
The investigation is ongoing, and anyone who has not reported a recent vehicle break in or loss is urged to file a report with the Bentonville Police Department at 479-271-3170.