Burglary suspects wanted by PPD; crime rate down during virus

Miranda Holman
Paris Express

The Paris Police Department needs the community's help identifying two suspects caught on camera during a burglary on June 30.

The crime happened around midnight Dollar General in Paris, the department confirmed.

PPD released surveillance footage they say shows the two people responsible for the crime.

Even with the recent break-in, Chief John O'Brien said that the crime rate, during the pandemic, is down from last year.

"We have had mostly calls from people about speeding that is being noticed more due to residents being home during the day."

Last May, the PPD made 99 arrests compared to the 78 arrests made this May.

O'Brien commented that many of the recent incidents were juvenile related due to teenage boredom of being home for several months and parents at work.

"We have had several cars broken into that are juvenile related and calls of racing. That is something that we haven't had in a while is that kind of nonsense."

When asked about the recent nationwide accusations against police brutality, Chief O'Brien said that, unfortunately, there is definitely police brutality that happens.

"The recent case we had in Paris regarding the officer who assaulted the inmate should have never happened. He violated our policy; he had no business going in that jail cell. But if you believe things are bad with the police, wait until there is no police and see how bad things can become."

Paris Mayor Daniel Rogers said, "I believe we have a great police department. I get fewer complaints now than anytime I can remember."

Rogers said that he believes what's going on around the country is a few bad cops making entire departments look bad, which is unfortunate.

"Cops are some of our local heroes that put their lives on the line to protect and serve. Our officers have body cams they are supposed to be wearing on every stop, protecting themselves and the citizens. I believe it should be a federal law that every officer must wear body cams."

Rogers said those police chiefs should evaluate employees and help mold them into better officers and investigate complaints to weed out the corrupt officers.

"It seems like a common-sense approach to law enforcement."

If you have any information on the recent break-in, contact the Paris Police Department at 479-963-2600.