Observant Beebe Police Officers Capture Burglary Suspects Minutes After Home Burglary

Jan 16th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Top Story

Home burglary suspects, stopped for a traffic offense, were quickly apprehended after  police questioned the bogus statements regarding their cargo on a trailer they were pulling.

Beebe Police Officer Steve Hall and Investigator Josh Middleton  put two and two together and made the arrests just minutes after the alleged crime took place.

Beebe Police Captain Eddie Cullum released the following information regarding the incident:

On Tuesday, January 7th, 2013, Officer Steve Hall was monitoring traffic near the intersection of Stoney Point Church Road and U.S. Highway 64. He observed a Ford pickup pulling a trailer turn from Stoney Point Church Road and then proceed west on Highway 64. Officer Hall noticed that the trailer being towed did not have working brake lights and accomplished a traffic stop on the vehicle and trailer. The driver was identified as Johnnie Porter, 39, of Cabot. The white male passenger identified himself but Officer Hall met with negative results in locating the name and date of birth provided to him. Investigator Josh Middleton arrived as back up officer for Hall. Further investigation revealed that the passenger had provided a false name and that he was in fact John T. Sessions, 28, of Jacksonville, Arkansas.

The flat bed trailer was loaded with household items such as but not limited to: a Whirlpool washer and dryer, GE refrigerator, a window air conditioner, bicycles and tools.

When Officer Hall asked Porter if he was moving he related that he had been given permission to scrap the items and that they came from an abandoned house. In checking both individuals through the ACIC/NCIC it was discovered that both had outstanding misdemeanor warrants. The warrants were checked by police dispatch and found to be valid at which time both men were taken into custody. An assistance call came over the radio from the White County Sheriff’s Office of a burglary in process on Ridge Road. Porter admitted that the abandoned house was on Ridge Road. Further investigation lead to the seizure from the vehicle of numerous items of jewelery and antique glassware among other items.  A relative to the person who owned the home on Ridge Road responded and identified the items as stolen from the home on Ridge Road.  Sessions was arrested on a warrant held by the Beebe Police Department and a warrant from the Little Rock Police Department. Porter’s misdemeanor warrant was held by the Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office. Both men were taken to the Beebe Police Department for processing and then transferred to the White County Detention Center in Searcy. Both men were later arrested by the White County Sheriff’s Office for Residential Burglary and Theft of Property.