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Hot Springs Police Officer Greene was dispatched to Atwood’s Store on Albert Pike last week to investigate prowlers in the area. He drove over there to see what was happening.
He allegedly observed a man go into the fenced in area at the rear of the business. Off. Greene advised his shift what he had over the radio and HSPD Officer West arrived to assist. The 2 officers went to the back of the store and allegedly saw the man flee on foot through a large hole in the fence. Directly inside the hole in the fence were 2 tow behind log splitters that had just been removed from their protective wrapping.
When Officer Greene initially arrived at Atwoods, he saw a suspicious vehicle parked very close by. The officers immediately went to that vehicle as they searched for the suspect. A police computer check of the vehicle showed that the suspicious vehicle was allegedly wearing a license plate that had been reported stolen out of Hot Springs.
As more officers arrived on scene, a suspicious man walking quickly up Albert Pike away from Atwood’s was stopped and quizzed. He allegedly told officers that the black Tahoe they were checking belonged to him. He allegedly stated that the Tahoe overheated and that he was walking to a friend’s house.
The suspect, identified as Parolee Tony Glenn Bice, 27 of Hot Springs, allegedly admitted to police that he and a friend were behind the store “taking a shortcut”.
Mr Bice was detained and the store manager was called out to the scene to download surveillance images and inspect the property. He advised that the log splitters ($2,898) had been unwrapped and that there was more damage ($200) to the fence than previously noted.
When police searched Mr. Bice and the Tahoe, they found a counterfeit $100 bill in his wallet. This fake bill was in a separate compartment than the other real money that was also in the wallet. Inside the Tahoe, officers found several tools including bolt cutters and a power drill. They also located the correct Texas license plates for the suspect vehicle.
Mr. Bice was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center. He is charged with Felony 1st Degree Forgery, Misdemeanor Theft Of Property and Misdemeanor Theft By Receiving. His bond amounts total $7,000 and a Parole Hold has been placed on him.