Arrest made related to downtown burglaries

Friday, December 7, 2012

Police have arrested a man in connection with a string of burglaries in Eureka Springs.

The investigation into several burglaries and attempted burglaries in downtown Eureka led police to a Holiday Island man, authorities told the Lovely County Citizen early this week.

On Nov. 27, Detective Thomas Achord located the suspect using a photo line-up and security videos, he said.

Joshua Daniel Laster, 20, of Holiday Island was served with a court order to submit DNA and fingerprints.

Laster agreed to speak with Achord at ESPD, where he later admitted that he broke into Twice Born, police said. During the interview, he confirmed that he stole clothes and money.

"Laster said he probably tried to break into Crazy Bone, but couldn't remember because he admitted he was under the influence of a controlled substance," Achord said in a press release.

Police said Laster attempted to break into three businesses in the downtown area during the Thanksgiving weekend, but he was only successful in one attempt, at Twice Born. Laster tried to remove doors from the hinges at Crazy Bone and Wild Blue Yonder but was unsuccessful.

Some stolen property was returned, but Laster told police that he no longer had the money he stole from Twice Born, authorities said.

On Nov. 29, Laster turned himself in on a warrant issued by ESPD and also returned one of the hinge pins he removed from Crazy Bone.

Laster was booked into the Eureka Springs Police Department and later transported to the Carroll County Detention Center. He has since bonded out, police said.

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