In separate incidents, Paragould police officers arrested two people on felony charges.
In one incident, they arrested James Craig Arender, 42, of Jonesboro, on a charge of one count of commercial burglary, a Class C felony; plus misdemeanor charges.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Jacob Higdon, the arrest took place July 17 pursuant to a report of a customer (later identified as Arender) at the Wal-mart Super Center allegedly observed to select and conceal merchandise. Store employees reportedly attempted to stop him as he left the store but Arender fled, according to the affidavit. Nonetheless, officers located him in the area, and determined Arender had already been barred from all Wal-mart stores as the result of a March 2019 theft incident.
Arender was released from the Greene County Detention Center July 21 on $25,000 bond.
In the other incident, officers arrested Cynthia L. Cosbey, 49, of Paragould, on a charge of one count of possession of less than two grams of a Schedule I/II controlled substance (methamphetamine or cocaine), a Class D felony; plus misdemeanor charges. According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Cpl. Aaron Gamber of the department’s Street Crimes Unit, she was arrested July 19 in the course of a police investigation of a disturbance.
Cosbey had been accused of allegedly stealing medications. So as officers interacted with her, they requested and got permission to search Cosbey’s purse, according to the affidavit. In the purse they reportedly located and seized quantities of Schedule II and Schedule IV drugs. According to the affidavit, the officers also determined she was under the influence of an unknown substance, since she reportedly exhibited slurred and mumbling speech, and was unable to hold her head up well.
Cosbey was held in the Greene County Detention Center on $15,000 bond.