Each year there are plenty of people who get arrested or in trouble for one reason or another, and some of these stories leave you scratching your head and saying really?

Here is my list of strangest local crimes for this past year from number 5 all the way up to number 1:

5.Suspect flees and leaves an toddler sitting on the pavement


Texarkana Arkansas Police arrested a man  on drug possession charges early this morning.

At approximately 1:00AM, Texarkana Arkansas Police Officers located a vehicle leaving the Knights Inn Motel, 5100 block of North State Line Avenue, with fictitious and expired vehicle tags.  Officers made contact with the driver, Kenneth Brooks, 24yoa, and observed a small child (16 months of age) standing up in the back seat of the vehicle.

During the contact Brooks exited the vehicle holding his child, then sat his child down on the pavement and fled from officers.   Officer Tanner Freeman and Nathan Lavender chased Brooks on foot apprehending him in a nearby apartment complex.  Officer Cobin Brown remained at the scene with the abandoned child.

Brooks was arrested for alleged Possession of a Controlled Substance (Amphetamine and Clonazepam)  2 counts, Fleeing, and endangering the welfare of a minor.  The child was placed into DHS custody after exhausting all efforts to locate a relative.

4. Robber tries holding up same convenience store twice in two days time

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The Texarkana Texas Police Department has charged a suspect with four separate robberies after he allegedly robbed the same convenience store two days in a row.

Authorities identify the suspect as 23 year old Demarco Martin, of Texarkana Arkansas. 
Officers responded to the report of a robbery at the Pasco’s Shell, located at 3400 New Boston Road, on Saturday afternoon.  Martin entered the store and got a six-pack of beer from the cooler.  As he approached the cash register, he allegedly removed a pocket knife from his pants and demanded that the clerk give him the money from the register.  As he fled with the beer and an undisclosed amount of cash, he was pursued by a customer. 
After the customer caught up with him, Martin returned the cash to him and continued to run away.  He was stopped shortly afterwards by Officer Clint Akin at the intersection Old Boston Road and Belt Road.  Martin was taken into custody without incident and transported to the Bi-State Jail.
In addition to this robbery, Detective James Hargrave determined that Martin was also allegedly responsible for three other robberies that had occurred over the last week in the immediate area.  Martin has now also been charged with the robberies at the Family Dollar Store (3003 New Boston Road) on August 22, Check into Cash (2808 New Boston Road) on August 25, as well as the first Pasco’s Shell robbery on Friday.  In each of those robberies, Martin, is said to have threatened the employee with a pocket knife and demanded money.
Martin is currently being held in the Bi-State Jail on four counts of Aggravated Robbery.  Bond has been set at $100,000 for each charge


3. Local man attempts to steal lots and lots of clothes.

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The Texarkana Texas Police Department is seeking the public's help in identifying and finding an alleged thief.

Authorities say the male suspect is wanted in connection with an alleged shoplifting that occurred at the Dillards Department Store inside Central Mall last Thursday November 30th.

Police say the suspect allegedly stole some 30 Polo Shirts and 30 pairs of pants valued at around $2,370.

If you have any information on this alleged crime, you are asked to call the Texarkana Texas Police Department at 903-798-3116 or Texarkana Area Crime Stoppers at 903-793-STOP. Remember Crime Stoppers wants you information, not your name. You can remain anonymous and possibly receive a cash reward.



2. Local woman tries to buy merchandise with Movie Money.

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Texarkana Texas Police say they have arrested a local woman, after she allegedly try to purchase merchandise with fake money.

Texarkana, Texas Police arrested Bobbie Slater, 28, of Maud Texas for Forgery after she allegedly attempted pay for her purchases with “movie money” at a local convenience store.

Officers were dispatched to the EZ Mart in the 2800 block of Richmond Road late Saturday evening in reference to a woman who had just tried to pay for her purchase with a fake $100 bill.

Within minutes, an officer stopped a vehicle matching the description provided by the store clerk on Richmond Road. Slater, the passenger in the vehicle, told the officer that she had just left the convenience store after trying to purchase gas and cigarettes.

When the officer asked her about any money that she might have with her, she gave him six $100 bills that were unmistakably marked “For Motion Picture Use Only” on both the front and back of the bills.

Slater was arrested without incident and transported to the Bi-State Jail. She was charged with Forgery and is currently being held on a $10,000 bond.


1. Texarkana burglar returns to scene of crime to retrieve his beer.

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A Texarkana man is jailed on burglary charges after he returned to the business he had allegedly burglarized hours earlier, to retrieve his beer he left behind.

The Texarkana Texas Police Department arrested 52 year old Jonathan Jackson
of Texarkana, early this morning for two counts of Burglary at the Westgate Car Wash, which is located at 3501 Summerhill Road.
Officer Thomas Shaddix was initially dispatched to an alarm call at the business at 9:38 on Wednesday evening.  He found a broken window on the east side of the building and evidence that someone had been inside the business. He reviewed the surveillance video from inside the building with the business’ manager where a man, later identified as Jackson, could be seen entering through the window and trying to force open the cash register.  When that proved unsuccessful, authorities say he removed all the candy from the counter display and fled the scene.  While investigating the burglary, Shaddix found an opened can of beer on the counter near the register that he believed had been left by the suspect and collected it as evidence.
A second alarm call was dispatched to business at 3:21 this morning.  As Shaddix arrived, he saw Jackson walking across the parking lot and immediately recognized him as the suspect in the first burglary.  Shaddix determined that Jackson had again entered the building and allegedly removed a coin bag, which was found in his pocket.  Jackson told Shaddix that he had returned to the business to retrieve his beer that he had forgotten when he was previously there.
Jackson was charged with two counts of Burglary of a Building and transported to the Bi-State Jail.  An outstanding Texarkana Arkansas warrant for Burglary was also served.  Bond has not yet been set on any of the charges. 



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