Man charged with allegedly stealing almost $2K in property from friend

Travis Allen Armstrong (Submitted photo)
Travis Allen Armstrong (Submitted photo)

A reportedly homeless man was arrested Friday morning after allegedly stealing almost $2,000 worth of property from a friend who had let him spend the night at his house.

Travis Allen Armstrong, 35, who lists "city streets" as his address, was taken into custody around 8:30 a.m. and charged with a felony count of theft of property over $1,000, punishable by up to six years in prison, and also had felony and misdemeanor warrants for failure to appear.

Armstrong was initially held on a $7,000 bond, but after appearing via video in Garland County District Court that afternoon where he pleaded not guilty to the charges, his bond was amended to $5,000. He remained in custody Tuesday and is set for a felony review hearing on April 5.

According to court records, Armstrong pleaded guilty on June 23, 2022, to a felony count of breaking or entering and was sentenced to six years' supervised probation.

According to the probable cause affidavit, around 8:15 a.m., Hot Springs police Officer Larry Fowler was dispatched to IHOP, 3837 Central Ave., regarding a theft.

He met with a male victim who stated he had allowed his friend, identified as Armstrong, to stay at his house on Oakwood Avenue overnight. At around 3 a.m., he saw Armstrong leaving the residence with numerous items from the house, including two sets of car keys.

The victim was able to use a tracking device attached to his keys which showed Armstrong to be at IHOP, so he went to that location and after seeing Armstrong sitting inside he called police.

As Armstrong exited the restaurant, he was detained by police and a computer check showed the warrants for his arrest, so he was taken into custody.

Fowler noted Armstrong had "several plastic tubs of items" in his possession the victim was able to identify as belonging to him, including a cellphone, the two sets of keys for a Volvo and a Porsche, numerous items of clothing, four watches, a jewelry box and a bag, with a total estimated value of $1,955.

All of the items were returned to the owner and Armstrong was taken to the detention center without incident.

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