Parolees, teen charged with felony burglary

Alexander H. Ferguson (Submitted photo)
Alexander H. Ferguson (Submitted photo)

STEVEN MROSS

The Sentinel-Record

Two local parolees and a local teen were arrested Thursday afternoon after they were allegedly caught in the act during a burglary in progress of a business.

Cody Leighton Purcell, 29, who lists a Pinewood Street address, Alexander Hatcher Ferguson, 24, and Janiece Davey McCabe, 19, who both list the same Gold Dust Terrace address, were taken into custody at Performance Trailer Manufacturing, 115 John Owens St., and each charged with a felony count of commercial burglary, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Purcell was also charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia and McCabe was charged with a misdemeanor count of theft by receiving. All three were being held on zero bond and were set to appear Friday in Garland County District Court.

According to court records, Purcell has numerous prior convictions, all in Little River County, including in 2012 for aggravated assault where he was sentenced to three years in prison; in 2013, for two counts of theft of property and breaking or entering where he was sentenced to six years in prison; in 2016, for aggravated assault where he was sentenced to four years in prison; and in 2020, for second-degree battery where he was sentenced to three years in prison.

Ferguson was previously convicted in 2017 for three counts of theft of property and sentenced to six years in prison, with four years suspended, and in 2021 for commercial burglary, theft of property, and possession of a firearm by certain persons where he was sentenced to three years in prison, all in Columbia County. McCabe lists no prior criminal history.

According to the probable cause affidavits, shortly before 7 p.m., Hot Springs police Officers Austin Rogers and Larry Fowler were dispatched to the business on John Owens regarding a possible burglary in progress.

The officers allegedly located McCabe sitting in an orange Chevrolet Suburban and it was determined the license plate on the vehicle returned to a different vehicle and had been reported stolen out of Garland County.

Officers then located Ferguson in an unlicensed Dodge pickup truck that was "stuck in the mud" and pulling a trailer. Purcell was located standing next to the pickup. It was noted there were tire marks leading from the business to their location near a shed.

Officers spoke to the complainant, who stated he located several items he had reported stolen earlier in the day, including tires, wheels and other "race car parts." He said he found the stolen items beside the shed on the property where the three suspects were located.

While taking the three into custody, Purcell was searched and officers allegedly found a clear glass meth pipe in his possession resulting in the additional charge.

photo Cody L. Purcell (Submitted photo)
photo Janiece D. McCabe (Submitted photo)

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