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Hot Springs Police were contacted on 1/7/2019 by a representative from Trader Bill’s Sporting Goods in reference to a breaking and entering that had occurred between 1/1/2019 – 1/7/2019. A thief had allegedly cut the chainlink fence and entered their storage facility to steal property and damage several boats that belonged to customers.
An employee allegedly found a mysterious cell phone in a boat as they were inventorying the theft/damage results. The phone did not belong to any of the employees. HSPD Detective Jessup was called, he took the phone into evidence and obtained a search warrant in order to figure out who owns the phone.
The search of the phone revealed that the owner of the phone is Michael Allen Lynch, 27, of Ragweed Valley Road in Royal. Pictures of the stolen items are allegedly on the phone. The victims were shown the pictures and verified that the pics are of their stolen property.
The alleged damage and theft amounts to over $24,000 between several victims. The stolen items allegedly include: Bass Pro Shop Charger, NOCO Genius Boost Jumper Box, 12 – 15 fishing rods/reels, several boxes of lures, a depth finder and other miscellaneous items.
HSPD Detective Stillian was able to obtain video from a local pawn shop. He reviewed the video and allegedly saw Mr. Lynch and a 2nd person arrive and sell some of, if not all of, the stolen items.
An arrest warrant was prepared for Mr. Lynch.
On April 2, 2019 around 3AM, Officers J. Smith, Z. Brown and Perkins were able to develop information that put, the now felony wanted, Mr. Lynch in the area of Spring Street at Illinois Street. The officers approached the area, found Mr. Lynch and conducted a felony stop on him.
Mr. Lynch reportedly failed to cooperate with the officers. He was politely reminded that the highly trained, barking, slightly on edge police dog would help him to lie down if he did not comply with the orders being given. At this point, Mr. Lynch did as he was told, was handcuffed and searched.
Officers allegedly removed 2.9 grams of meth, a meth pipe, a digital scale and a magnifying glass from his pants pocket.
Once Mr. Lynch was helped up to begin walking, he allegedly became very uncooperative. He allegedly slammed his head into the police Tahoe. The officers got him into a police car and he was transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. During the trip, Mr. Lynch allegedly got his hands in front of him (from being handcuffed from behind) and violently kicked the door enough that when the vehicle stopped at the jail, the door was damaged and would not unlock. Deputies had to assist Mr. Lynch from the vehicle and into the building due to the tantrum he was putting on.
Mr. Lynch is charged with Felony Breaking Or Entering, Felony Theft Of Property, Felony Criminal Mischief x2, Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance, Felony Possession Of Drug Paraphernalia, Criminal Mischief, Failure To Appear, Fleeing, Resisting Arrest and Unlawful Transfer Of Stolen Property with a bond amount totaling $42,000. Once at the jail, some other charges popped up on him that I do not have information on.