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Man’s 2-Month Crime Spree Of Theft Has Ended; Arrest – HOT SPRINGS


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All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

On 5/25/2016, An unnamed victim reported a breaking and entering to her 2011 Jeep Laredo while it was parked at Oaklawn Racing and Gaming. Items stolen from the vehicle included a Firestone Destination Tire and a Jeep wheel. The stolen property was valued at $250.00. A review of surveillance video from Oaklawn Racing & Gaming revealed that a suspect identified as Wesley Kitchens, 33, of Hot Springs, allegedly went to the victim’s Jeep, opened the door and removed a wheel and tire. He then gave the wheel and tire to another white male who had accompanied him to the vehicle. The victim advised police that she knows Mr. Kitchens and that he had approached her inside of Oaklawn and asked to borrow money. She refused, and he allegedly told her that he “would take her tires.”

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On 6/19/2016, an unnamed victim reported that her Gray 2004 Ford van had been broken into while it was parked in the Oaklawn Racing and Gaming parking lot. The victim advised police that a black Viper brand taser, a black Hatchett, and a white iPhone charger were stolen from the vehicle. The stolen property is valued at $140.00. On 6/28/2016, Hot Springs Police Department’s Detective Rines was provided the surveillance footage from Oaklawn Security of the event. The footage showed a white male and a black male walk to the victim’s van and the white male allegedly entered through the rear unlocked door. The white male is observed inside of the van for approximately 4 minutes rummaging through the vehicle. He is then observed exiting the vehicle carrying a white bag that he did not have previously. The male was identified as Wesley Kitchens.

On 6/22/2016, an Officer with Walmart Loss Prevention, observed through the video surveillance, a subject who was identified as Wesley Kitchens enter the Walmart store and picked up a 20 oz Coca-Cola and some men’s boxer shorts. Mr. Kitchens bypassed all points of sale and approached the customer service desk, where he allegedly attempted to return the boxer shorts. Per Walmart policy, Mr. Kitchens was asked to produce his Identification Card, confirming this individual was indeed Wesley Kitchens. Mr. Kitchen’s return was denied. Mr. Kitchens then allegedly took the coke and boxer shorts and exited the store, never attempting to pay for the items. The stolen property is valued at $18.04.

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Wesley Kitchens – Suspected of Stealing Property at Different Locations Around Town

On 7/01/2016, Edward’s Motor Company reported the theft of a Gray 2000 Dodge truck by a known suspect. Edward’s Employees told police that a white male arrived at the business and asked to see a vehicle that was under $3,000.00. The employee showed the man the Dodge truck and allowed him to test drive it. The male provided his identification card, which identified him as Wesley Kitchens. Mr. Kitchens allegedly left the dealership and never returned with the vehicle. On 7/05/2016, the vehicle was located on Airport Road, occupied by an unnamed individual. That unnamed subject provided a written bill of sale and advised that he met Mr. Kitchens at Oaklawn Racetrack on 7/02/2016 and agreed to trade vehicles. He stated that he traded his 2002 GMC Envoy for the stolen vehicle and was not aware that it was stolen.

Mr. Kitchen’s crime spree came to an abrupt end as officers with the Hot Springs Police Department arrested and charged Mr. Kitchens. He is now residing at the Garland County Detention Center.

Mr. Kitchens is charged with Breaking or Entering and Theft of Property x4.

His bond is set at $5,000.00.

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