Man charged in commercial burglary of Choctaw business

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The Van Buren County sheriff’s office has concluded its investigation into the commercial burglary of a Choctaw business, Plumbing, Electrical and Hardware or PEH.

The incident occurred in November 2012 when approximately $6,000 of copper wire was stolen.

Sheriff’s investigators developed Billy J. Rowell, 23, of Bee Branch as a suspect early on and gathered supporting evidence as the investigation unfolded, according to a report from the sheriff’s office.

Investigators believe that Rowell and his accomplice used a truck stolen in November from Double D Oilfield Services in Damascus to haul off the stolen rolls of wire, the report states.

Rowell, who has several felony charges in Van Buren County and surrounding counties, is currently being held at the Van Buren County Detention Center with a hold/no bond on a probation hold from Arkansas Department of Correction. Rowell is additionally charged with commercial burglary-Class C felony and theft by receiving-Class C Felony.

Investigators are looking at a second suspect in the PEH burglary and say they expect to make additional arrests in the weeks to come.

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