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Arkadelphia college student loses handgun to local burglar

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Campus police at Henderson State University solved a pair of car break-ins thanks to a reckless act by the alleged thief


An Arkadelphia man accused of breaking into college students’ vehicles left one damning piece of evidence at the scene of a burglary: his cell phone.

An affidavit filed this week alleges that 20-year-old Zane Sherone Huddleston was responsible for a pair of August break-ins on Henderson State University’s campus.

Campus police took a complaint of a stolen Glock 9mm pistol from a Henderson student’s vehicle, parked at Reddie Villas Apartments, located on the northern side of campus at North 10th Street and M.H. Russell Drive. A related complaint led Henderson police to Smith Hall, a dormitory located less than 1/2 mile from the gun theft. There, a Ouachita Baptist University student whose car was burgled lost $30 to the thief but, in exchange for the notes, he found an iPhone in the passenger side of the vehicle.

Investigating officer Brittani Curtis determined that the phone left in the vehicle belonged to Huddleston. He was interrogated two weeks later about the incident and reportedly admitted to the whereabouts of the stolen firearm, which the Arkadelphia Police Department would later recover at an O’Connell Street residence.

Huddleston is being charged with two counts of breaking or entering and one count of property theft, both felonies.

While Arkansas law now allows for citizens to carry a firearm without a permit, public universities across the state still maintain policies generally prohibiting weapons on campus without an enhanced permit. CLICK HERE to read the Arkansas State University System’s weapons policy.

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