Leads sought into Christmas decoration thefts and business break-in

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Mountain Home police are requesting the public's help for additional information involving a series of thefts and vandalism cases involving Christmas decorations across town in addition to a break-in at Airman Pawn in late November.

Police launched an investigation earlier this week after residents reported that at least one individual had trespassed on their property and slashed inflatable lawn ornaments, tore down other outdoor lights in addition to stealing projection lights.

"Approximately 29 residents have been hit by theft or vandalism," said Police Cpl. Stan Winings, a spokesman for the Mountain Home Police Department.

Police have recovered a number of Christmas light displays that were reportedly stolen during a series of thefts across Mountain Home earlier this week.

On Tuesday, police indicated they had interviewed several suspects following a series of incidents that happened late Monday evening into Tuesday morning. Charges are pending as detectives continue their investigation.

Most of the items that were stolen were recovered.

Winnings added that it's possible that others victimized by these crimes have not yet reported similar incidents. Police highly encourage people with videos or photos to share them with police and to put up cameras to protect your property.

"We do encourage anyone who notices any ornaments damaged or missing to call the Mountain Home Police Department 587-2101," Winings said.

In the event property is recovered, residents can claim what they can identify, he added.

Meanwhile, an investigation continued this week to determine who broke into Airman Pawn in the early morning hours of Nov. 29. An unspecified number of suspects broke into the building through the rear entrance and stole several guns.

No other items were reportedly taken, police said. The Mountain Home Police Department is conducting a joint investigation with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Those with any tips or information pertaining to the vandalism and burglary cases are asked to call the county dispatch office at 587-2100 or the city police department at 587-2101. People may also submit information through the police department's website at www.mhpd.net through its "Silent Witness" link. People may remain anonymous when submitting information.

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