Fingerprints lead to 3 arrests in Seligman burglary

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

3 arrested in Arkansas being charged in Barry County crime

With the help of fingerprints left at the scene, three people were arrested for allegedly burglarizing a house at 28267 Hwy. 37 in Seligman.

Jeffrey Mounts, 23, from West Virginia, James Theodore Wagner, 50, from Tennessee, and Charlene Ann Hayes, 45, are accused of burglarizing the home while traveling through Barry County.

While the three were being held at the Benton County, Ark., jail there state crime lab reported to the Barry County Sheriff's Office that fingerprints from the scene matched Mounts, who was recently arrested in Siloam Springs, Ark., for a charge of felon in possession of a firearm.

Mounts allegedly entered the Seligman home by cutting a screen on a window. He then opened the door and allowed Wagner into the home.

The two allegedly took a large amount of jewelry, valued at over $8,000, and a .25-caliber pistol from the home. Mounts was allegedly in possession of the pistol when he was arrested by Siloam Springs officers. All three individuals have allegedly committed crimes in other states.

Each of the three are expected to three be charged with second-degree burglary and stealing over $500. They trio is being held in Benton County, Ark., jail waiting extradition to Barry County.

Sheriff Mick Epperly said the only way these three individuals were caught was because of the fingerprints the office was able to obtain right after the burglary.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: