Commercial storage buildings entered and items stolen results in charges

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Two men are being charged with felonies and a Class A misdemeanor in Independence County Circuit Court after an apparent break-in at a Southside storage complex earlier this month.

The men, identified in the court information as Timothy J. Cooper, 33, and Michael E. Canard, 30, are facing charges that involve the alleged breaking and entering of units in the Gleghorn Storage complex at 540 Heber Springs Rd.

According to the affidavit for probable cause for arrest, Independence County Sheriff’s deputies note they saw two men loading from a storage unit on July 1, but were told one of the men was renting it and did not have the money for another rental agreement.

Two days later, it was reported that two units had been entered and a welder, power washer, and Maytag dryer were taken from one unit and camping gear from the other unit at the complex.

Cooper told authorities he was under the impression that the storage units were being rented by Canard, and he was only helping a friend.

Cooper and Canard are charged with two felony counts of breaking or entering, one count of felony theft, and one count of misdemeanor theft. Both are being charged as habitual offenders.

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