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— By Bradly Gill

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A Camden man was issued $25,000 bond after his first appearance on charges related to an alleged break-in at Atwood’s.

Markel Jones is charges with commercial burglary, a class C felony; eight counts of theft of a firearm, a class D felony; eight counts of possession of possession of a firearm by certain persons, a class D felony; one count of criminal mischief over $1,000, a class D felony; and theft of property under a S1,000, a class A misdemeanor.

According to an affidavit from Camden Police Department, on April 9 at 1:48 a.m., an officer was dispatched to Atwood’s for an active alarm call. Upon arrival, he observed two of the storefront’s glass doors had been broken.

The report goes on to state the officer made entry into the building and observed the gun rack glass door to have been broken as well, with multiple firearms leaning out of the gun rack. While waiting for back up, he observed a male in the storage area of the store walk from the front of the store toward the back.

While clearing the back of the store he could hear another yell, the report says. Three other officers who had arrived ran to the front of the store, where they located Markel Jones, searched him and discovered four Smith and Wesson 9mm magazines inside his back pack, according to the affidavit.

The store manager estimated the cost to replace both glass entry doors to be $1,000. He estimated the door for the gun shelf to be $2,000.

At the time of the incident there were two sodas, a box of BBs, a pair of bolt cutters and four 9mm magazines taken off the shelf, the affidavit says.

There were eight rifles and shotguns behind the gun rack glass that was broken. There was also a Ruger ARI5, two Smith and Wesson AR15s (one valued at $399 the other at $679), two Black Rain AR15s (one valued at S1,199 the other at $1,499), two Ria Imports 20 Gague Shotguns ($99.99 each) and a Maverick 88 12 Gauge Shotgun Jones (valued at $229.99) inside the shelf. Jones is suspected of attempting to remove them from the shelf, the affidavit says.

Jones was previously convicted of breaking or entering in 2019, for which he was sentenced to five years probation and is currently incarcerated in Ouachita Detention Center. A court date has not yet been set in this matter.

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