Hot Springs Police were called to Country Inn & Suites on Central Avenue on June 1, 2019 for the report of a breaking or entering of a vending machine at 3:00 in the morning.
The police report states that a black SUV arrives at 3AM, a black male exits the vehicle, enters the hotel lobby, proceeds to the elevator, goes up to the 3rd floor, pulls out a cordless drill, drills out the lock and accesses the interior of the vending machine. He then allegedly removes the money box, drops coins on the floor, picks them up and leaves.
All of this was allegedly captured on the hotels security cameras.
Approximately $1,200 worth of damage was allegedly done to the vending machine and a small amount of money was allegedly stolen.
Still pics of the suspect were posted on social media on June 11, 2019. 3 anonymous tips came in that identified the suspect as Patrick James Franklin, 29, of Mattingly Lane in Garland County.
HSPD Detective Jessup compared Mr. Franklin’s driver’s license pic to the pics of the B&E suspect and is convinced that they are the same person. A felony warrant was sworn out for the arrest of Mr. Franklin and the wanted info was entered into the police computer system.
Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy Cogburn encountered Mr. Franklin in regards to an unknown set of circumstances on south Moore Road on June 17, 2019. Dep. Cogburn became aware of the outstanding warrant and held Mr. Franklin until Det. Jessup arrived.
Mr. Franklin was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing. He is charged with Felony Breaking Or Entering, Felony Criminal Mischief and Theft Of Property with a $6,000 bond.