Theft suspect admits to judge he needs to 'stop doing wrong"

Theft suspect admits to judge he needs to 'stop doing wrong"

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - "Stop doing wrong."

That was the answer 33-year-old Doug Claude of Bono gave Craighead County District Court Judge Tommy Fowler when asked how he could stop going to court.

On Thursday, Fowler found probable cause to charge Claude with theft by receiving, possession of a Schedule I or II controlled substance, possession of a Schedule IV or V controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Claude is accused of stealing several fishing rods and a Yeti cooler from the back of a pickup truck belonging to one of his classmates at Arkansas State University.

The victim told investigators, Claude left class an hour early Wednesday night. When the man went out to his truck, he discovered his possessions missing.

When deputies went to Claude's home on County Road 361 early Thursday morning, they reportedly found the rods in his front yard.

The cooler was in a car parked in front of the house, they said.

Because Claude was on parole, deputies conducted a search of his house and found two pipes used to smoke methamphetamine and another used to smoke marijuana. They also found a box containing hydrocodone/acetaminophen pills, the affidavit stated.

As Fowler reviewed the case file, he noted Claude's previous charges.

When Claude mentioned having to go to court all the time, Fowler asked him, "You know how you stop going to court, don't you?"

"Stop doing wrong," Claude said.

Fowler agreed with him.

He set Claude's bond at $10,000 cash or surety and ordered him to appear in circuit court on April 20.

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