Two University of Arkansas at Monticello students are suspected in the early Thursday morning burglary of Monticello Textbook, a business on U.S, 425 South near the entrance of the university.
The students, Brian Mills, 18, of Monticello, and John Downs, 20, of Bastrop, La., were arrested Thursday afternoon after they were identified from images captured on the business’ surveillance camera, according to information in a news release from the Monticello Police Chief Eddy Deaton.
According to the news release, Monticello Police received an alarm call from the business at about 5 a.m. on Thursday. When officers arrived they discovered a broken window on the east side of the building but no one was found inside the building.
“The building has a video surveillance system and the suspects were caught on camera,” Deaton wrote. “Being so close to the college, we contacted UAM Public Safety to assist us in identifying the two suspects. After a couple of hours we were able to get the name of one suspect, applied for an arrest warrant and a search warrant for a room at Bankston Hall.”
Officers discovered “evidence” in the room, according to the news release.
The first suspect turned himself in to police at 4:36 p.m. while officers were attempting to locate him. The second was arrested later by UAM Public Safety and Monticello Police officers.
They are being held without bond pending a first appearance hearing sometime Friday.