Johnson suspected in theft of debit card

Posted on Wednesday, February 6, 2008

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Bentonville police arrested Jonesboro school shooter Mitchell Scott Johnson on a new charge Tuesday: using a debit card that was left at a convenience store where he was a clerk.

Johnson — who is awaiting sentencing on a federal gun and drug conviction from last week — bought gas and $ 35 worth of food from a Burger King with the debit card left at Fastrip on South Walton Boulevard, police state in an affidavit.

Police arrested Johnson on a felony charge of theft by receiving of a credit / debit card, but he was already in jail following an arrest Monday on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

Police who interviewed Johnson on Monday in the debit-card case patted him down and found roughly 0. 07 ounce marijuana in his pocket, an arrest report states.

Johnson is set to appear before a federal judge at 9 a.m. today on a motion by prosecutors to revoke his bond on last week’s gun and drug conviction.

A jury in U. S. District Court in Fayetteville convicted Johnson on Jan. 30 of being a regular drug user while in possession of a gun. That charge stemmed from a Jan. 1, 2007, traffic stop in Fayetteville, where the Washington County sheriff’s office found a loaded pistol in Johnson’s van and marijuana in his pocket.

He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $ 250, 000 fine in the federal case. Sentencing is set for mid-March, and he was free on bond until his arrest Monday.

Now, another charge following one imposed Monday could add strength to prosecutors’ contentions that Johnson should remain behind bars until his federal sentencing.

In the debit-card case, Nicholas Peters said he bought a pack of cigarettes at Fastrip on Jan. 30 and accidentally left his debit card there, the affidavit states.

Peters called the store and an employee — not Johnson — said the debit card was there and would be kept in safekeeping.

When Peters came for the card a day or two later, it was gone, the affidavit states. An inquiry by Arvest bank showed the card was being used.

On Jan. 31, Johnson used the card to fill up his car with gas at Fastrip, the affidavit states. He’s accused of seven other unauthorized transactions on the card, including a $ 27. 98 charge and $ 7. 11 at Burger King on North College Avenue in Fayetteville.

Johnson denied using the card or any involvement. But a Burger King employee picked him out of a photo line-up, the affidavit states.

Johnson is in the Benton County jail without bond.

He and Andrew Golden shot and killed a teacher and four students at Westside Middle School near Jonesboro on March 24, 1998. That August, Johnson, then 14, and Golden, then 12, were convicted of five counts of capital murder in Craighead County. Johnson was released from prison Aug. 11, 2005.

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