In separate incidents, police have arrested two Paragould men on felony theft and burglary charges.
They arrested Cameron Keith Dortch, 31, on charges of one count each of residential burglary, a Class B felony; and theft of property valued between $5,000 and $25,000, a Class C felony. Dortch also faces misdemeanor charges.
According to one of two probable cause affidavits sworn by Detective Cpl. Tron Beesley, on Sept. 24, officers responded to 110 N. Fifth Ave. in reference to a residential burglary report. Upon their arrival, officers contacted Dortch inside of a shed behind the residence. He told officers that he was renting the house. Officers contacted the homeowner who informed them that the house is not being rented and that they never gave Dortch permission to be on their property. During the investigation, officers noted several items had been taken from the residence. In addition, there was damage to the door frame, window, and the inside of the wall in the bedroom. They also noted electrical damage.
On Sept. 24, investigators interviewed Dortch at the police substation located at 801 E. Court St. During an interview, which followed his being advised of his rights to remain silent and to have an attorney present during questioning, Dortch gave incriminating statements.
According to a second affidavit sworn by Beesley, Dortch was also charged in connection with the Sept. 21 theft of a vehicle from 628 N. Sixth St. On Sept. 24, officers contacted Dortch, who was in possession of the stolen vehicle. During the aforementioned interview at the police substation, Dortch reportedly admitted to stealing the vehicle and purposely altering its appearance so that he could drive to Florida undetected.
Dortch remains in the Greene County Detention Center (GCDC) on a total bond of $40,000, of which $15,000 (for the burglary) is cash only.
In an unrelated incident, officers arrested Kirk Ellis Easley, 52, on a charge of one count of residential burglary, a Class B felony, plus misdemeanor charges.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Sgt. Robert Sexton, the arrest took place on Sept. 24 after officers had been dispatched to a residence in Paragould regarding burglary and theft. When they arrived, they report that they observed Easley inside the residence eating food. Officers collected multiple witness statements on scene stating that Easley had forced his way into the residence and would not leave. Officers also observed minor damage to one of the doors of the residence.
After being advised of his rights to remain silent and to have an attorney present during questioning, officers interviewed Easley. He reportedly told them he was homeless and did not live in the residence. But he maintained he’d been invited into the residence by someone inside to whom he’d spoken through the door (without seeing the person).
Easley remains in the GCDC without bond, pending a mental health evaluation.