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All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
On 9/17/2015, Hot Springs Police Officers responded to a call in reference to a theft of money.
Officers arrived and made contact with the unidentified victim who stated to police that an unknown suspect had used his Arvest debit card and withdrew $202.25 from an ATM machine. The victim provided documents from Arvest Bank, showing an ATM withdrawal on 9/17/2015 in the amount of $200.00, plus the ATM fee of $2.50. The ATM was located at the Valero gas station on Carpenter Dam Road. This ATM did not have internal video, but the Valero does have in-store security video.
Police received the video footage and obtained a picture to show the victim in the hopes of identifying the suspect. The picture was shown to the victim and the victim did, in fact, recognize the suspect. The victim then brought his Son-in-law, who is identified as Dayron Thomas, 25, of Hot Springs, to the Police Department. The victim stated that Mr. Thomas allegedly was the person who had used the card. Mr. Thomas was then read his Miranda Rights before being interviewed.
Mr. Thomas allegedly stated to police that he had just got laid off from his job and he had received a notice in the mail that his lights were about to be turned off. Mr. Thomas stated that he was visiting a residence on Oak Street where an unnamed subject was located, and he was allegedly telling that subject about his current lighting situation. That subject then advised him that he could help Mr. Thomas. The unnamed subject then gave Mr. Thomas a card reader and explained to him that all he had to do is take the card, swipe it in the machine, and it will download all of the cards information. Mr. Thomas also stated that the unnamed subject explained further that all Mr. Thomas had to do at that point was take the reader to a Valero gas station and use it at the ATM. Mr. Thomas allegedly stated to police that he went to the victim’s home and swiped his debit card with the card reader. Mr. Thomas then allegedly stated that he then went to the Valero gas station and withdrew two hundred dollars.
At the time of the interview, the victim had stated that he had already worked out a deal with Mr. Thomas and did not want to pursue charges.
The victim contacted police again on 02/16/2016 and stated that Mr. Thomas had not followed up with their deal and at that time he did want to pursue charges.
On 7/15/2016, Mr. Thomas was located and arrested. He was transported to the Garland County Detention Center, booked, and charged with this crime and charged with other unrelated charges.
He is charged with Theft by Receiving, Terroristic Threatening 1st Degree, Fraudulent use of a Credit Card, Domestic Battery 3rd Degree, and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree.
His bond is set at $2,500.00.