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1 arrested in home burglary

A Bee Branch man chased down four people he said burglarized his home last week.

On Feb. 7, 2013, Hiro Sasaki reported to the Van Buren County sheriff’s office that his home had been burglarized and he was in pursuit of the suspects. Sheriff’s deputies, Arkansas State Police officers and 20th Judicial Drug Task Force agents responded and the suspect were apprehended in minutes.

The primary focus of the investigation was Brandon Lovell, 26, of Clinton, who was accused of entering the home and taking several duffel bags, and at least two firearms, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Lovell and three other occupants of the vehicle fled the scene, the release said. Sasaki chased the vehicle over East Mountain, where responding officers ultimately took the suspects into custody. Most of the stolen merchandise was recovered from the suspect vehicle, the sheriff’s office said.

Lovell was in possession of at least two handguns and investigators got a search warrant for Lovell’s residence, the news release said.

Investigators found exploded pipe bombs, modified weapons to accept homemade silencers and at least one stolen firearm, the sheriff’s office said.

Lovell is currently being held on a bond revocation from a previous criminal charge in Van Buren County. He faces several additional felony charges in connection with the Bee Branch incident. It has initially been determined that the other suspects in the vehicle were not participants in the burglary, but the investigation is ongoing.

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