Two Pearcy men have been charged in connection with numerous break-ins to storage facilities within Garland County, Garland County Sheriff Mike McCormick said Thursday.
Christian Cade Malcom, 28, who lists a Martingale Street address, and James Thomas Humphrey, 30, who lists a South Harris Road address, both from Pearcy, were taken into custody on Jan. 31 on drug-related charges by officers with the 18th Judicial District East Drug Task Force.
Both remained in custody Thursday with Malcom being held on bonds totaling $302,500 and Humphrey being held on bonds totaling $112,500 and both are set to appear March 1 in Garland County District Court.
Some of the items recovered during the execution of numerous search warrants conducted by the Criminal Investigation, the Patrol Division, and the Tactical Response Team were from storage facilities within Hot Springs Village as well, McCormick said in a news release Thursday morning.
"Through the course of this lengthy investigation, investigators discovered that Malcom is a former employee of storage unit facilities and accessed the facilities with knowledge he gained from his employment," the release said.
McCormick stressed that the investigation is ongoing and "more arrests are possible" along with the recovery of more property. Sheriff's investigators are in the process of contacting victims and anyone with information "that might assist with the investigation" should contact investigators at 501-622-3690.
"This is a prime example that individuals need to think twice before committing crimes within Garland County," McCormick said.
Malcom and Humphrey were previously arrested Jan. 19 after they were allegedly caught burglarizing a house on Guy Hawthorne Lane and detained at the scene with a baseball bat by the homeowner's ex-husband.
Malcom, the only one who allegedly entered the house, was charged with residential burglary and Humphrey, a felon, was charged with possession of a firearm by certain persons, theft by receiving of a firearm, because he was reportedly in possession of a stolen firearm, criminal trespassing and third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor because his young son was with him at the time of the incident.
Malcom was later released on a $5,000 bond and Humphrey was released on a $9,250 bond and the charges are still pending. While Malcom listed no prior felony history, Humphrey was convicted on Feb. 16, 2016, of a felony count of possession of a controlled substance, marijuana, with purpose to deliver and sentenced to four years' supervised probation.