Burglary suspects have day in court

In the early morning of Aug. 10, several car break-ins were reported in the area, and the Monticello Police Department and Drew County Sheriff's Office are working jointly on the case.
Monticello Police Dispatch received a call from one of the victims that a white Dodge Charger was seen in their yard and two people broke into one of their vehicles. Officers searched the area until DSCO Deputy Dan Garrison located a car matching the description.
The car had an expired temporary tag and was stopped on U.S. Highway 425 North near the Monticello Post Office. Deputy Garrison and Monticello officers made contact with four male subjects from Little Rock inside the car.
During the investigation, officers located several driver's licenses, social security cards and debit/credit cards belonging to families in the area of the initial call. At this time, 10 victims have come forward or were contacted by police about the thefts. 
Some of the victims’ property was from other counties in Arkansas—and these agencies have been contacted, according to MPD Chief Eddy Deaton. As of now, approximately nine counties believe the suspects arrested in Monticello are the same suspects in various crimes in their communities, Deaton said.
The suspects are Zhakhiel Kelly, 27; Brandon Shirnes, 20; Joey Ellis, 24; and Winifred Bowers, 26. They are ll from Pulaski County. Deaton added their believed crimes include breaking and entering, theft of property, commercial burglary and fraudulent use of a credit card, among others.
All four had first appearances in court Friday afternoon and are being held in the Drew County Detention Facility as of now. Bond for each was set by District 28 Judge Bruce Anderson at $100,000.
Follow this story in the next edition of the Advance-Monticellonian.


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