Eric Swanson Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ada News
An Ada man who confessed to committing four burglaries, including an August 2012 break-in at The Ada News, is facing charges of second-degree burglary.
James N. Anglin was arrested without incident Wednesday afternoon at his home, 208 E. 14th St., Ada Police Detective Destry Musgrove said Thursday. Anglin was booked into the Pontotoc County Justice Center on suspicion of second-degree burglary.
Anglin, 38, is accused of breaking into the Ada Paper Co. three times in the spring of 2012 and stealing cash and a fuel card which he used and later returned to the company, Musgrove said.
Anglin also allegedly broke into The Ada News office sometime during the weekend of Aug. 24, stealing about $3,800 in cash and checks.
Musgrove said a confidential informant told police that Anglin was responsible for The Ada News burglary and had hidden a money bag in the newspaper’s ceiling. Armed with that information, police recovered three money bags from the ceiling in the southeast corner of the newspaper’s darkroom on Wednesday.
The money bags contained three deposits dated Aug. 24, 2012, but Anglin apparently spent the cash he took from the newspaper office, Musgrove said.
The District 22 Drug Task Force obtained a search warrant for Anglin’s home, and authorities executed the warrant at the same time as Anglin’s arrest.
Musgrove said that Anglin has confessed to all four burglaries.
The News’ publisher, Loné Beasley, said he appreciated the police department’s work on the case.
“Obviously, when something like this happens, you feel violated,” Beasley said. “We are eager to see justice done.”
He said Anglin was a former independent contractor who delivered newspapers for the News.