Yellville man arrested in connection with burglaries, thefts


A Yellville man, 29-year-old Phillip Randall Bartlett, has been arrested on numerous charges related to burglaries and thefts in Baxter County.

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says his office took a report in early October from the owner of resort cabins located along county road 114, after someone cut the locks off three buildings on the property and stole items inside. The victim stated he has a surveillance system at the location. The suspect apparently followed the video camera wire to a crawl space where the DVR was located, and stole the recording device as well. However, the victim also had a game camera installed at a different location, and photographs of the face of the two suspects and the license plate number of the suspects’ vehicle were captured by the game camera. An adjacent property owner also reported a break-in and theft had occurred.

During the course of the investigation, the identity of the two suspects in the photographs were determined and confirmed. One of the suspects was Bartlett, who was on parole. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office had previously confiscated a trailer from a theft case involving both of the suspects. Items belonging to the two victims in Baxter County were found on that trailer.

Bench warrants for both suspects were obtained, with Bartlett's served.

Bartlett is being held in the Baxter County Detention Center on three counts of commercial burglary, two counts of theft of property, one count of criminal mischief and parole violation, all felony charges. He also faces misdemeanor charges of theft of property, criminal mischief and non-payment of fines.

His bond has been set at $25,000 on the new charges, but he is being held without bond on the parole violation. Bartlett is scheduled to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court to answer to the charges later this month. He has a total of 20 bookings in the Detention Center since 2006.

The warrant has not been served on the second suspect.

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