A Texarkana man plead not guilty to 20 felony counts at an arraignment hearing Monday in Miller County.
Doriane Clentail Norton, 37, is charged with 18 counts of breaking or entering, one count of theft of property and one count of theft of a debit or credit card in connection with a rash of vehicle thefts during August, September and the first few days of October.
Texarkana, Ark., police investigators working the case had warned the public to keep cars locked after receiving multiple reports of vehicle break-ins. On Oct. 5, investigators went to a house in the 900 block of Pecan Street where Norton was living with a warrant for his arrest in hand. While taking Norton into custody, officers noticed a set of golf clubs and other items which match the description of property stolen from cars.
After getting a judge to authorize a search of the house, investigators recovered dozens of items which are listed on multiple pages of a search warrant return. Among the items seized by police as possibly stolen are golf clubs, CDs, DVDs, books, cell phones, jewelry, flashlights, tools, a credit card and sunglasses.
Norton is also facing four counts of aggravated robbery for gunpoint holdups reported in January 2014. A man reported that he was approached on State Line Avenue by an armed man who demanded his cell phone and cigarettes. A woman reported that she was parked in a parking lot across the street from Shooters Sports Bar when she was robbed of her purse and phone at gunpoint.
On Jan. 23, 2014, Texarkana, Ark., police located Norton at the Country Host Inn in Texarkana. After getting a search warrant for room 146 where Norton was staying, officers recovered multiple cell phones, identification cards, driver’s licenses and electronics.
Norton was free on bond when he was arrested in October. His bond is now set at $100,000. Each of the breaking or entering charges, theft of property and credit/debit card theft charge Norton faces could mean up to six years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. If found guilty of aggravated robbery, Norton faces 10 to 40 years or life in prison.