All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
On 7/11/2016, Hot Springs Police Officers responded to the Valero Gas Station located in the 500 Block of Carpenter Dam Road, in reference to a man, inside of the store, impersonating law enforcement.
The employee of the Valero stated to police that the man, known to her as “Duane” allegedly entered the store and asked to speak to her at the side of the counter. She further stated that the man allegedly displayed a full sized Hot Springs Police badge and told her that he was a Drug Task Force Agent. The employee additionally stated that he told her that he was going to do a “drug bust” in the parking lot and he needed her permission to do so. The man left the area before police arrived on the scene, but the Valero employee gave police a description of his vehicle.
On 7/14/2016, Hot Springs Police Sergeant Stockwell conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle that matched the description given to police by the Valero employee.
Sgt. Stockwell made contact with the driver who is identified as Duane Starr, 43, of Hot Springs. Mr. Starr was suspected of driving under the influence and Sgt. Stockwell placed him under arrest for suspicion of DWI. A search of Mr. Starr’s vehicle was performed and the vehicle contained several pieces of jewelry including two class rings that were taken in a Breaking or Entering to a vehicle in Arkadelphia.
A search warrant of the vehicle was executed on 7/14/2016 by Hot Springs Police Detective Rines. During the course of the search, a Hot Springs Police Officer’s badge was located on the floor between the seats.
The owner of the badge, who is a retired Police Sergeant was contacted and it was discovered that the badge was potentially stolen during the same Breaking or Entering from Arkadelphia, where the two class rings were stolen. The vehicle that the class rings were stolen from was connected to the retired Sergeant.
The two rings were valued at approximately $400.00 combined and the badge was worth approximately $150.00.
Mr. Starr was charged in connection with these crimes and he is currently residing at the Garland County Detention Center.
He is charged with Criminal Impersonation in the 1st Degree and Theft by Receiving.
His bond is set at $5,000.00.