A Winthrop Arkansas Man is behind bars after breaking into a local business and stealing almost $500 worth of change.
According to documents from the Little River Circuit Court, Daniel Flores, 33, of Winthrop, was arrested on February 27th after trading in two jugs of change for $496.78 at a Coinstar Exchange Machine in Ashdown.
Earlier that day, the Little River County Sheriff’s Office received a report that someone had broken into the Fawcett Car Wash near Crossroads and stolen a change machine out of the wall. Deputies had stopped Mr. Flores prior to receiving the call and had observed two containers of quarters in the floorboard. Deputies relocated Mr. Flores at a Coinstar Exchange Machine in Ashdown and questioned him on the change. Flores, a former employee of the Car Wash, gave conflicting stories on the origin of the change, leading to deputies arresting him on the incident.
After being arrested, Flores admitted to breaking into the Fawcett Car Wash in the middle of the night because he needed money. He admitted to using a crowbar to take the full coin machine, and later hid the machine in the woods. He then went to Ashdown with two one-gallon jugs to cash in. Officers with the Arkansas State Police were able to retrieve receipts from Coinstar showing the exact amount of stolen change that was cashed in. Deputies located the stolen change machine in the woods between Winthrop and Alleene later that day.
Flores has been charged with Commercial Burglary, a Class C Felony. If convicted, Flores faces three to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Flores remains incarcerated at the Little River County Jail on a $25,000 bond. He is set to appear in Little River District Court on Tuesday, March 7th.