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Newspaper office robbed
City police arrest suspect
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Smithville Police Department Detective Brandon Donnell dusts the Reviews money box for prints while investigating a Friday morning burglary. - photo by Photo by Reed Vanderpool
Smithville Police wasted no time in arresting a local man in connection with a Friday morning burglary at the Review office Friday.Authorities took 26-year-old Justin Clyde Hale into custody and charged him with vandalism over $1,000, theft of property over $1,000 and burglary Friday afternoon after developing him as a suspect in the break in.The incident was investigated by Detective Brandon Donnell and Lieutenant Matt Holmes. Officer Chip Avera assisted at the scene.Police believe Hale entered the Review building around 3:30 a.m. after throwing a rock through the glass front entrance to the building.The thief ransacked the office, emptying desk drawers into the floor and ripping items from the walls.Stolen items included jewelry valued at several hundred dollars, $181 in taken cash from a lock box, which was pried open and mangled, and a set of ink pens.After their suspicions fell on Hale, Donnell and Holmes located him at a home where he had been staying.The owner of the residence reportedly gave police consent to search, and they allegedly found the ink pens taken from the Smithville Review office and $181 in cash in Hale’s room.None of the stolen jewelry has been recovered as of press time.City police said that they suspect that Hale is involved in several other burglaries, and more charges may be pending.His bonds total $20,000, and he will appear in court on Sept. 26.