A Gurdon man suspected of breaking into numerous vehicles in Arkadelphia is in the Clark County Jail after he turned himself in last Thursday.

A Gurdon man suspected of breaking into numerous vehicles in Arkadelphia is in the Clark County Jail after he turned himself in last Thursday.
Joshua Paul Smith, 20, of Gurdon turned himself into authorities after he allegedly fled from police during a recent investigation that resulted in a search of his 379 Hwy 53 N. home.
Sgt. Roy Bethell, criminal investigator for the Arkadelphia Police Department, said numerous guns, drugs, stolen credit cards, a digital camera and other “items of evidence” were seized at the residence during the raid. Bethell said nine guns were recovered, most of which were hunting rifles. Also, more than an ounce of a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana was found in the residence along with packaging material, scales and other paraphernalia.
After the search, Clark County Prosecutor Blake Batson issued a felony warrant for Smith’s arrest, and it is believed that Smith fled to another state — most likely Louisiana, where he is originally from.
Arkadelphia police charged Smith with about 30 counts of breaking and entering and theft of property. Bethell said the charges stem from a lengthy investigation regarding the numerous vehicles that were broken into between December and parts of January.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office charged him with eight counts of theft by receiving, seven counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms.
Batson charged Smith with 29 counts of breaking and entering, each a Class D felony punishable by up to six years in prison and/or a fine of up to $6,000.
Bethell said more charges are expected from APD, and more arrests are expected to be made in connection with the break-ins. Bethell encouraged anyone with information regarding the investigation or stolen property that may be part of the investigation to immediately contact APD at 246-4545 or the sheriff’s office at 246-2222.