Our news partner KARK/Fox 16 reports that a suspect is in custody in the vandalism of multiple sheriff’s vehicles last night in the parking lot in Riverfront Park.
Five vehicles were broken into and windshields were smashed on three. They belonged to sheriff’s offices from around Arkansas, in Little Rock for a convention. Arrests were made with help from a deputy who came upon the incidents when he returned to his vehicle, KARK said initially, but it appears a patrolling Little Rock officer discovered the break-ins in progress about 2:50 a.m.
The Little Rock police have made arrests. No details yet on the suspects.
UPDATE: The police report four minors, aged 14 to 17, were detained in the break-ins. The youths fled when the officer spotted them, but he called for help and they were rounded up without incident.
In assessing damage, deputies reported that a Glock pistol that had been under the back seat of an Independence sheriff’s vehicle was missing. Rifles taken from other vehicles were recovered.
One youth was released without being charged after further investigation and custodians were interviewed. The others were charged with breaking and entering, theft, criminal mischief and fleeing.
The police are treating this as vandalism, unrelated to any political protest such as with some recent incidents of damage to police property in Little Rock and North Little Rock.