Reported crimes in county drop slightly in February


Reported crimes in the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County dropped slightly last month compared to a year ago.

According to the monthly report from the sheriff’s office, there were 115 crimes reported, 19 fewer than in February 2013, or a 14.16 percent decrease.

The monthly report does not include crimes committed in the cities of Pine Bluff, White Hall or Redfield.

Looking at specific categories, reported burglaries and breaking or entering incidents increased from 16 in 2013 to 20 last month, and thefts from buildings jumped from one last year to four last month.

Incidents of vandalism and destruction of property increased by 12 last month over the same month in 2013, going from nine to 21, while stolen property incidents dropped from 19 in 2013 to one last month.

Drug and narcotic violations dropped from eight in 2013 to two last month, while drug/equipment (paraphernalia) offenses were cut in half, from two in 2013 to one last month.

Other decreases reported included simple assaults (seven in 2013 to six last month); driving under the influence (eight last year to three last month); public intoxication (six last month compared to nine in 2013); and counterfeiting/forgery (three in 2013 and none last month).

Incidents of misdemeanor domestic battery increased slightly, going from six in 2013 to seven last month, while second-degree domestic battery, a felony, saw one incident reported.

There was one incident of aggravated assault on a family or household member last month and one attempted suicide.

A total of four automobiles were reported stolen in February, three of them valued at more than $1,000 but less than $5,000.

There were two incidents of unlawful burning reported and 17 unclassified non-criminal reports.