Parolee arrested after allegedly breaking into van at sports bar, stealing pool sticks

Shawn Lee Banski (Submitted photo)
Shawn Lee Banski (Submitted photo)

A local parolee was arrested Tuesday night on felony and misdemeanor charges moments after allegedly breaking into a man's van outside a sports bar and stealing his custom pool sticks.

Shawn Lee Banski, 37, who lists a North Patterson Street address, was taken into custody around 7:45 p.m. and charged with a felony count of breaking or entering, punishable by up to six years in prison, and misdemeanor counts of first-degree criminal mischief and theft of property under $1,000, each punishable by up to one year in jail.

Banski was later released on a $4,500 bond and is set to appear Jan. 5 in Garland County District Court. According to court records, he was convicted of breaking or entering in 2004 and sentenced to five years' probation; of robbery in 2006 and sentenced to 20 years in prison, but later paroled; and in 2014 of four counts of residential burglary and sentenced to 10 years in prison, but later paroled.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Hot Springs police Officer Tyler Barrett responded to the Taphouse Club, 816 Albert Pike Road, regarding a break-in to a vehicle that had just occurred.

When he arrived, he found that HSPD Officer Donaldo Tobar had a male, identified as Banski, detained and noticed a white 2001 GMC SXT van with its right passenger window shattered. He made contact with the owner of the van, who stated he had been inside the bar shortly after 7:30 p.m. when another patron asked him if he had a passenger with him.

The owner told him no, and then walked outside to see a white male running away from his van and noticed the male was carrying his pool stick case, valued at $100, which contained two pool sticks worth $500. The other patron noted he had been standing in the parking lot when he heard glass breaking and then saw movement inside the victim's van.

Both the victim and the witness began chasing the male as he ran east on Albert Pike and flagged down Tobar as he passed by in his police unit. Tobar was able to catch the male, identified as Banski, and detain him. The victim retrieved his pool stick case and noted it had sustained about $100 in damage and the damage to his van window was estimated at $500.

Banski was taken to the Garland County Detention Center where after being read his Miranda rights he allegedly admitted to the break-in and theft.

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