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A Hot Springs man was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with the theft of $3,000 worth of equipment from a local church around Christmas last year.

Lance Adam Davis, 47, who lists a Geneva Drive address, was taken into custody around 11 a.m. on a felony warrant for theft by receiving over $1,000, punishable by up to six years in prison.

Davis remained in custody Thursday in lieu of $5,000 bond and is set to appear today in Garland County District Court.

According to the probable cause affidavit, on Dec. 23, 2018, a break-in was reported at Hammond Church on Jetson Loop Road in which someone broke a rear window to make entry and removed two 15-inch speakers, a mixing board and booster, among other items, with a total value of $3,000.

On Dec. 28, Garland County sheriff's investigators learned the stereo equipment had possibly been pawned at the 270 Pawn Shop, 4430 Albert Pike. Employees there verified stereo equipment had been brought in on Dec. 21 by a white male and white female who arrived in a white sports car with a spoiler on the rear and a sunroof.

The male didn't have the power cords for the equipment so the employees declined the sale and helped the couple load the equipment back into the sports car and they left.


The employees identified the male as Davis and the woman as Denim Luann Bray, 28, of Hot Springs. The employees said they knew both of them from dealing with them personally.

That same day, a church member came to the sheriff's department and was shown a video of the attempted sale at the pawnshop. She didn't recognize either of the suspects but was able to identify the equipment as coming from the church.

On Christmas Day, Bray had been arrested for theft by receiving of a white sports car reported stolen out of Washington. It was determined the car was the same one the couple were driving when they came to the pawnshop.

Bray later bonded out but was arrested again on May 6 for two counts of failure to appear and remained in custody Thursday in lieu of $21,000 bond. She is set to appear July 1 in district court.

Local on 05/17/2019

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