Police have arrested a Paragould man on several felony charges in connection with a series of break-ins.
They arrested Darrell Eugene Swan, 35, on charges of one count each of residential burglary, a Class B felony; commercial burglary, a Class C felony; theft of property valued between $1,000 and $5,000; four counts of breaking or entering, a Class D felony; and misdemeanor charges.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Jacob Higdon of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division, the charges proceeded from an investigation into a report received Oct. 7 of a break-in the night before at NAPA Auto Parts, at 207 E. Main St., from which several thousand dollars of merchandise had reportedly been stolen. According to the report received, three vehicles on the premises had also been broken into and items stolen from them as well.
Shortly after the report from NAPA had been received, police were also notified of another break-in of a house and shop in the 300 block of East Emerson, from which several hundred dollars worth of merchandise had also been stolen. According to Higdon’s affidavit, an officer at the scene of the second reported break-in noted the presence of a pair of shoes at the location which he recalled seeing Swan wearing in an incident several days beforehand.
Officers went to Swan’s address, and observed several items from both NAPA and the Emerson address in the yard. Upon making contact with him, they advised Swan of his rights to remain silent and to have an attorney present during questioning, according to the affidavit. And when they interviewed him, Swan reportedly made incriminating statements.
Swan was held in the Greene County Detention center on a $25,000 cash-only bond.