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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
Originally posted on March 7, 2020 at 7:16 PM for VIP Members at the AR911NEWS VIP Facebook Group. To get your VIP Pass, please CLICK HERE.
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Hot Springs Police Officer Howerton reports that she was on patrol in the area of the 900 Block of 3rd Street last Thursday around 7PM, when she saw a silver Kia car that matched the description of a vehicle that had been reported stolen in Hot Springs in February 2020.
She ran the vehicle’s license plate number through the police computer and the license plate returned to a different vehicle and was also reported stolen. She called for back-up and drove around the block.
HSPD Cpl. Langley arrived to assist. Officer Howerton noticed movement in the yard and the officers made their approach. The stolen license plate was no longer on the back of the Kia. A man, later identified as Wanted, Absconding Parolee Tyler Lee Merritt, 24, of Cedar Heights Place in Garland County, exited the Kia and walked away from the officers.
Parolee Merritt was wanted out of HSPD, GCSO and had a parole warrant. Parolee Merritt was arrested.
The Kia’s pertinents were checked through the police computer and verified that the Kia was stolen. Officers found the missing license plate that Off. Howerton saw on the back of the car upon initial observation of the Kia.
Off. Howerton asked a lady at the house who the car belonged to. The lady stated that the Kia belonged to Parolee Merritt.
Parolee Merritt was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. He is charged with Felony Theft By Receiving, Theft By Receiving, served with his arrest warrants and an initial bond amount totaling $6,000 was set, but a parole hold was placed.