Two women were arrested after they allegedly were caught removing items from a closed motel on the east side of Pine Bluff on Monday.
Heather Bolen, 26, and Natasha Lampkin, 32, were found at America’s Best Inn at 2400 E. Harding Ave., driving a red sport utility vehicle with a trailer attached to it, Detective Mike Sweeney said during a court hearing Wednesday.
Sweeney said the trailer was half loaded with file cabinets and other items, and Bolen said that they had been given permission to take the items by a Walter Scott, who Bolen said had been a manager at the facility. Attempts to contact Scott were unsuccessful.
While interviewing the two, Sweeney said officers on the scene recognized them from a previous traffic stop with the trailer loaded in a similar manner .
He said Lampkin initially said the items in the trailer the first time had come from a location in the county, but later admitted that the items were also taken from the motel, and gave police a receipt they received after selling the items at a metal recycling company.
Sweeney testified that police were able to locate a regional manager for the motel chain who said that Scott had been a previous manager and had been terminated, and that Bolen had been a tenant there and would have known the names of the managers.
Sweeney also testified that the regional manager told officers that no one had permission to be in or around the closed motel, and that he had not given anyone permission to take items from it.
Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said Lampkin had no prior convictions or pending charges while Bolen is a convicted felon.
At his request, Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set bond at $25,000 each for Bolen and Lampkin after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge them with commercial burglary and theft of property.
Both women were told to come back to court July 24.