Thanks to a phone call from concerned residents, a suspected criminal was apprehended Tuesday, authorities said.
"A big part of helping catching criminals lies with people willing to share information with us," said Lt. Kevin Russell, public information officer for the Benton Police Department. "If you observe something suspicious and are not sure whether you should dial 911 to report it, we strongly encourage you to do so. We would rather investigate something that turned out to be nothing than run the risk of missing criminals in the act, as was the case here."
Just before 5 a.m. Tuesday, Benton officers responded to the 200 block of Narroway Street after receiving phone calls of a suspicious vehicle in the area. The officers located the described vehicle — a 1997 green GMC Sierra with black hood — parked on the street, and then noticed a person fleeing on foot.
Officers were able to apprehend the suspect, who was identified as 26-year-old Shaun Brothers. Russell said it was discovered during the investigation that Brothers was in possession of items reported stolen out of Little Rock at the time of his arrest.
Brothers was charged with theft by receiving and fleeing.
Police officers say they encourage anyone with information on this crime or others to call the Benton Police Department at 778-1171 or 315-TIPS (8477). Individuals also may send an anonymous crime tip to CRIMES (274637) with the keyword BNPD in the body of the text or leave a tip at www.crimereports.com .