In separate incidents, police have arrested three Paragould residents on felony charges of burglary and other offenses.
In the first incident, they arrested Troy Keith Carter, 51, on a charge of one count of residential burglary, a Class C felony; plus misdemeanor charges. According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by by Detective Cpl. Jacob Higdon of the department’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID), the arrest took place July 23, after employees of the local Wal-Mart Super Center reportedly observed Carter and an accompanying woman place merchandise items into a purse. They also reportedly watched the woman leave the store, empty the items into the back seat of a vehicle and then return to the store. Once she was back inside, according to the affidavit, the two again allegedly began selecting and concealing merchandise items in her purse. Officers on the scene and a store employee then stopped the couple as they tried to leave the store with the merchandise. Investigation revealed Carter had already been banned from all Wal-Mart properties stemming from a November 2018 theft incident.
Carter was released from the Greene County Detention Center July 27 on a $15,000 bond, contingent upon staying out of Wal-Mart stores.
In the second incident, officers arrested Alexander Smith, 24, likewise on a charge of one count of residential burglary, a Class C felony; as well as misdemeanor charges. According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Tron Beesley of CID, the arrest occurred on July 27 as the result of officers responding to a report of a shoplifter at the Wal-Mart Super Center. As they made contact with the suspect (identified as Clark), they reportedly discovered he had allegedly tried to steal $94.28 in merchandise. Investigation revealed Clark had previously been banned from Wal-Mart on Feb. 13. As detectives interviewed Clark after advising him of his rights to remain silent and to have an attorney present during questioning, he reportedly made incriminating statements.
Carter was held in the Greene County Detention Center on a $2,500 bond, provided he stays out of Wal-Mart stores.
In the third incident, officers arrested Melissa Voudeen DeWhitt, 42, on charges of one count each of commercial burglary, a Class C felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia to ingest, etc., a Class D felony; in addition to misdemeanor charges. According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Sgt. Robert Sexton of CID, she was arrested July 28 after allegedly entering the local Wal-Mart Super Center and taking property off the shelf.
Store Asset Protection Associates watched her select several electronic items and allegedly under-scanned them at a self-checkout register before trying to leave the store with the items, the affidavit states. The Asset Protection Associates then stopped and detained her pending the arrival of police. The officer who responded happened to be the same one who had arrested her in a previous incident the month before at Wal-Mart, and he again took her into custody. In the course of a search pursuant to the arrest, officers reportedly discovered a glass pipe of the type commonly used to smoke methamphetamine and a small cellophane bag containing a green leafy substance.
De Whitt was held in the Greene County Detention Center on a $7,500 bond, conditioned upon her having no contact with any Wal-Mart store.