Sheriff Scott Montgomery reports that a Residential Burglary was solved thanks to good neighbors. Mr. Tom Turbeville noticed a small blue Hyundai passenger car that was parked at the driveway of his neighbors (Scott Jessen’s) house on Coppras Gap road in Houston. Mr. Turbeville also noticed two white males coming out of the woods from the direction of where the residence was located.
Mr. Turbeville reported this to the Perry County Sheriff’s Office and Inv. John Nichols responded to Mr. Turbeville’s location. The suspects were already gone upon Inv. Nichols’ arrival. Inv. Nichols ran the license plate number that Mr. Turbeville had written down from the blue Hyundai through ACIC and it returned to Dennis Hodge of Perryville. Inv. Nichols worked the crime scene and lifted latent finger prints, as well as taking pictures of items the suspects had moved around.
During an interview Dennis Hodge confessed to the crime and also told Inv. Nichols who the other two men were. Dennis Hodge (26 years old)of Perryville, Donald Cooper (19 years old) of Russellville, and Ryan Jones (19 years old) of Morrilton were all arrested and charged with Residential Burglary, they are all currently being held in the Perry County Jail awaiting bond hearings.
Sheriff Montgomery stated “this case being solved is credited to Mr. Turbeville watching out for his neighbor’s house. The people in our communities are our best police officer’s, they know more about who should or shouldn’t be in their neighborhoods. As well as Inv. Nichols responding quickly, the colder these cases get, the harder to solve they are.”