Sky Cop footage helps WMPD identify burglary suspect

Sky Cop footage helps WMPD identify burglary suspect

Suspect in custody for River Church break- in

ralphhardin@gmail.com The eye in the sky lent a hand to the West Memphis Police Department in cracking the case in a burglary late last month.

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, at approximately 10 a.m., officers were dispatched to 390 W. Jackson Ave., to the River Church in reference to a burglary.

“Officers made contact with the church secretary, who told officers that her office door had been forced open and there was damage to the door,” said West Memphis Police Department Enforcement/Criminal Investigation Division Commander Capt. Joe Baker. “The complainant told officers the office safe and her office chair were missing. The complainant further stated to officers that two Sundays’ worth of tithes and donations were in the safe inside of two bank deposit bags.”

A review of a Sky Cop camera located at the intersection of South Avalon and Jackson was conducted. On the footage, the suspect could be seen entering the church on the previous Sunday evening at approximately 8:40pm.

“The suspect remains in the church for approximately 40 minutes, then exits the church and could be seen carrying items in both hands,” said Baker.

“Approximately seven minutes later, the suspect reenters the church, and approximately 20 minutes later the suspect could be seen pushing an office chair with a safe on it out the front door of the church.”

Baker said the surveillance footage showed the suspect pushing the chair west on Jackson and across South Avalon into the vicinity of the Westwood Apartment complex.

The suspect was identified from the Sky Cop footage and witness statements.

Armed with that informaition, the suspect was identified as Roddrick Hicks, 25, of West Memphis. Warrants were issued for Hicks for commercial burglary and theft of property. Hicks was arrested Friday morning and was scheduled to be arraigned in West Memphis District Court this morning. He is currently in custody at the Crittenden County Detention Center.

By Ralph Hardin

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