LR man arrested after allegedly trying to use stolen check

An attempt to buy a laptop computer with a fraudulent check Saturday got a Little Rock man arrested in Pine Bluff.

Terry Watson 47, was taken into custody at the front desk of Staples on East Harding Avenue after he tried to buy the computer with a check that had been reported stolen.

Detective Michael Roberts reported that Watson showed an Arkansas driver’s license with the name Kelan Watson on it and with Terry Watson’s photograph.

When Watson was being questioned at the store, he reportedly pulled a checkbook out of his pocket and when police here contacted authorities in Little Rock, where the account holder lived, police learned that the checks had been reported stolen Friday.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Watson claimed that he had gotten the checks and identification from a man in Little Rock.

Because Kizer said Watson had multiple prior felony convictions, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 bond after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge Watson with forgery.

Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Watson and told him to come back to court Oct. 29.