Edward Thomas, 31 formerly of Russellville, appeared in a bond hearing Monday before Judge Don Bourne. Thomas appeared in the hearing facing the charge of failure to appear and 40 other felony charges.
Thomas was arrested and transported by the Pope County Sheriff's Office from the state of Illinois this past weekend and arrived at the Pope County Detention Center in the early morning hours of Monday, August 5.
Thomas stated within the hearing he moved to Illinois in December of 2012 and has been a resident of the state since then.
The failure to appear charge against Thomas was filed in Pope County Circuit Court on June 12 after Thomas failed to appear in court on June 11 on a delivery charge. The failure to appear charge was signed by the deputy prosecutor and a bench warrant was signed and approved for Thomas' arrest by Pope County Circuit Court Judge William Pearson. A document provided by Judge Pearson was attached to the warrant, ordering Thomas' bond to be set for $200,000. Judge Bourne ordered the bond amount as stated by Judge Pearson.
Upon Thomas' arrival to the jail, he was served an additional warrant for his arrest that included 40 felony charges that occurred from August of 2005 through May of 2012. These charges included; 4 counts of breaking or entering, 11 counts of theft of property, 20 counts of residential burglary, 4 counts of commercial burglary and 1 count of criminal mischief.
The charges were files against Thomas on December 17, 2012 in Pope County Circuit Court after Thomas had left the state of Arkansas.
The prosecutor recommended an additional $200,000 bond on the 40 charges filed against Thomas. Judge Bourne issued the additional bond amount for $100,000.
Thomas was order to appear in circuit court on September 22 in a plea arraignment on all of the charges and to stay away from all of the property and victims the crimes.