Smithville Police have arrested a man they believe broke into the office of the Smithville Review around 3:30 a.m. Friday morning, August 9.
Chief Randy Caplinger told WJLE Monday that 26 year old Justin Clyde Hale is charged with vandalism over $1,000, theft of property over $1,000, and burglary. His bond totals $20,000 and he will be in court on September 26.
The case was investigated by Detective Brandon Donnell and Lieutenant Matt Holmes.
According to police, Hale allegedly gained entry by breaking out the glass in the front door. The office was reportedly ransacked and items stolen included some jewelry, $181 taken from a cash box, and some collectable ink pens.
During their investigation, Detective Donnell and Lieutenant Holmes developed Hale as a suspect and found him later that day (Friday) at a local residence where he had been staying. The owner gave police consent to search and found in an area of the home frequented by Hale were the ink pens taken from the Smithville Review office and the $181 in cash reported stolen. The items were found hidden with some of Hale's personal belongings. None of the stolen jewelry has been recovered.
Hale was placed under arrest and charged with the crimes.
Police say Hale is a suspect in other burglaries and thefts and he may be facing further charges.