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A Hot Springs man was arrested early Sunday on multiple felony and misdemeanor charges after he was allegedly caught breaking into several vehicles at a local hotel.

Kendrick Darius Jamar Tilson, 21, who lists an Indiana Street address, was taken into custody shortly after 7 a.m. and charged with five felony counts of breaking or entering, punishable by up to six years in prison, four counts of first-degree criminal mischief and five counts of theft of property less than $1,000, each punishable by up to one year in jail.

Tilson remained in custody Monday in lieu of bonds totaling $21,500 and is set to appear Oct. 10 in Garland County District Court.

According to the affidavit, shortly before 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Hot Springs police responded to The Hotel Hot Springs & Spa, 305 Malvern Ave., regarding some break-ins and made contact with the hotel's security guard, 38, who stated he had seen a man breaking out the rear glass window of a vehicle and removing items.

When the man saw the guard, he fled the scene toward Cottage Street. The guard was able to provide a description.

Shortly after 7 a.m., Officer Benjamin Riley spotted a man matching the description of the suspect at the corner of Cottage and Gulpha Street. The man, later identified as Tilson, stated he had just come from a residence on Gulpha prior to the officer's arrival.

Riley located a backpack near the Gulpha residence which was found to contain items reportedly taken from the vehicle that was broken into. The security guard came to the scene and reportedly identified Tilson as the man he had seen.

Tilson was taken into custody and allegedly admitted to breaking into several vehicles in the hotel's parking deck. Several items were found in his possession which he stated came from the vehicles.

Officers checked the parking deck and located four more vehicles that had been broken into. When presented with this information, Tilson reportedly admitted to entering four vehicles by breaking the windows and entering a fifth vehicle that was unlocked.

The total amount of damages to the vehicles was estimated at $1,800, including the windows and some body damage.

Local on 10/03/2017

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