JONESBORO — Prosecutors officially filed criminal charges Tuesday against a Trumann woman accused of stealing from storage units.
According to court records, Rachel Bowers, 36, was charged with five felony counts of breaking or entering a building or structure, two misdemeanor counts of theft of property valued at $1,000 or less and one count of improper use of registration.
The charges stem from incidents that occurred on March 22 and June 9, the charging document read.
The Craighead County Sheriff’s Office initially arrested Bowers on June 9 after she was caught with stolen property from storage units at Hammerhead Contracting, 3191 Arkansas 351. Several cut locks, a lock picking kit and bolt cutters were found in the white 2007 Ford Expedition she was driving, a probable cause affidavit states.
She was released from jail on a $50,000 cash or surety bond on suspicion of five counts of breaking or entering a building or structure, five counts of theft of items valued at $1,000 or less from a building and one count for having a fictitious vehicle license.
Her accomplice in the Hammerhead break-ins, Brooke Lofton, 25, of Jonesboro, received a $100,000 cash or surety bond for four counts of breaking or entering a building or structure, possession of drug paraphernalia, four counts of theft of items valued at $1,000 or less from a building.
Bowers was detained a second time as a suspect in the June 8 break-in at Your Extra Closet, 5925 Southwest Drive. A warrant search of the vehicle days later uncovered three area rugs stolen from a unit there, reports indicate.
On one occasion, Bowers and another female suspect used a victim’s access code, and in two other instances, they used the emergency access code for first responders to enter, a Jonesboro police incident report states.
The sheriff’s office reported in June that an investigation into storage break-in was ongoing and Bowers could face more charges.
A probable cause affidavit dated July 17, obtained by The Sun on Friday, notes that Bowers was accused of cutting off seven locks and entering at least one storage unit between May 3-17 at C&C Self Storage, 4406 Arkansas 463.
During their investigation, detectives identified a black Toyota pickup as the getaway vehicle from surveillance footage.
“On June 10, 2020, the suspect’s spouse and/or girlfriend was incarcerated at the Craighead County Detention Center on similar charges and detectives witnessed the suspect vehicle … pull into the detention center parking lot,” the affidavit read. “Unique features of the vehicle were the same as the suspect vehicle in the break-in videos.”
Bowers admitted to investigators that she broke into the units at C&C, it states. Her male acquaintance. Matthew Droschke, 29, of Trumann, was arrested and released on a $10,000 bond in suspicion of seven counts of breaking or entering a building or structure.
As of Tuesday afternoon, no formal charges had been filed against Droschke or Lofton.