Credit cards, bank cards and electronic equipment that had reportedly been stolen were found in the possession of a Pine Bluff man who was arrested after police saw him leave the parking lot of a motel early Thursday morning, police said.
Terry McCoy, 26, also had a pipe, commonly used to smoke crack cocaine, when he stepped out of a vehicle, Deputy Prosecutor Rik Ramsey said during a court hearing Friday.
Detective Jeremy Oswalt reported that he was conducting extra patrol security at Holiday Inn Express at 3620 S. Camden Road when he saw a vehicle pull into the parking lot and when he pulled in a few minutes later, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed.
Ramsey said Oswalt put out a BOLO (be on the lookout) for the vehicle, which was located by another officer who made a traffic stop after reportedly seeing the vehicle.
Oswalt reported that the officer noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and saw a silver pipe in McCoy’s lap.
When McCoy was patted down, police reportedly found an Arkansas Identification Card, a money card and bank card that had been reported stolen. When the vehicle was searched, police allegedly found a projector and touch screen tablet that had also been reported stolen.
Oswalt reported that police went to McCoy’s house and allegedly found a bag containing cocaine in a dresser drawer.
Ramsey said McCoy had an extensive criminal history including numerous convictions for theft by receiving, theft of property and drugs, and had pending charges of theft of public benefits.
Because of the extensive history and pending charges, Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $50,000 bond for McCoy after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with theft by receiving and possession of a controlled substance.
Kearney appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent McCoy and told him to come back to court Nov. 16.