From Staff Reports

In a press release, Lonoke County Sheriff John Staley announced the recovery of property taken in a number of burglaries in the area. This is in addition to property already recovered; the additional stolen property was turned in following announcement of the original investigation, Staley said.

All the property was taken in a series of four burglaries in the Cabot area, sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. James Kulesa said. “There is still missing property which we are attempting to locate,” he said.

The still missing property includes six firearms, a laptop computer, and jewelry, Kulesa said.

Staley said the recovery is the result of good team work between agencies. “We appreciate the Cabot Police Department for their assistance and the assistance from the Cabot Fire Department Dive Team,” Staley said.

In a previous press release, sheriff’s office officials told of the recovery of a safe taken in one of the burglaries. Divers from the Cabot Fire Department Dive Team assisted in the recovery.

In the press release, Kulesa said the safe was taken in one of four residential burglaries in the same area of Cabot. He said that some of the property taken in the burglaries, consisting of jewelry, old coins, a lap top computer and firearms, has been recovered.

Suspects, including three juveniles and one adult, have been identified and arrests are pending, Kulesa said.

Attempts to recover more of the property are continuing, Kulesa said. The Cabot Police Department Criminal Investigation Division assisting in the investigation and has been “a valuable assistance,” he said.

Without the help by the Cabot Fire Department Dive Team the safe may have not been recovered, Kulesa said.

The Dive Team also recovered a vending-machine coin changer but investigators do not know where it came from, he said.

In other sheriff’s reports, on May 23, sheriff’s deputies investigated a report that two newly built homes on Campground Road, near Webber Lane, had been damaged and copper wiring removed. The report was made at about 11 a.m.

Damage to the new houses, including about $6,400 in copper, is estimated at $15,000.

The report identified Nicholas Jackson, 32, of Austin, as a suspect.

Deputies located Jackson at about 2 p.m.; the report notes Jackson had a “small amount” of marijuana at the time.

Jackson was arrested on suspicion of two counts of breaking or entering, two counts of theft of property, two counts of criminal mischief, all felonies, and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.

Jackson, a parolee on active supervision, is being held at the Lonoke County Detention Facility on a parole hold as well as the other charges.

According to a Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office information release, deputies arrested a Cabot man after investigating a report from a store clerk. Sheriff John Staley said the investigation is continuing, awaiting further interviews.

After investigating the report, deputies arrested William Steven Cossey, 38, on suspicion of second-degree sexual assault.

According to information from the sheriff’s office, on May 17, “an observant store clerk” reported that she had seen “some unusual behavior” between an adult male and a juvenile male.

Investigators Steve Morgan and Matt Edwards followed up on the report, leading to Cossey’s arrest May 20.

Cossey, a taekwondo instructor, was taken into custody for the Sheriff’s Office by the Cabot Police Department.

Cossey, already on bond for an unrelated offense, is being held at the Lonoke County Detention Facility with no bond.