Two suspects arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary
Two Benton men were arrested by Benton police Saturday for their alleged involvement with a break-in at the Benton Antique Mall.
Shortly after 9 p.m., officers reportedly responded to the business after an alarm activated. Police reported that a K-9 unit observed a man exiting the rear of the building, which is at 18325 Interstate 30.
Officers said they yelled at the man to stop, but the man, later identified as 53-year-old Terry Johnson, continued to flee on foot. K-9 Officer Lucky reportedly gave pursuit and apprehended Johnson.
The report noted that Lucky suffered a minor injury from a barbed wire fence, but didn’t require veterinary assistance at the time.
During the investigation, officers reportedly determined that 55-year-old James Deaton also was involved in the burglary and he was taken into custody.
As of press time, Johnson and Deaton remain in the Saline County jail; each faces charges of commercial burglary and theft of property; and each is on parole from the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections.
Johnson was charged additionally with fleeing on foot, public intoxication, refusal to submit to arrest, first-degree criminal mischief and possession of an instrument of crime.
Deaton is being held under a $5,000 sheriff's bond and Johnson is being held under a $10,000 sheriff's bond.
Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer for the Benton Police Department, said the investigation is continuing and additional charges could be forthcoming for both Deaton and Johnson.
Anyone with information about this crime, or other crimes, is encouraged to call the Benton Police Department at 778-1171 or 315-TIPS (8477). Individuals also may send an anonymous tip to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text or go to www.crimereports.com to submit a tip to officers.