ROCKINGHAM — Police have accused a man of stealing school supplies and nearly causing a wreck with an officer’s car.
Arrest warrants state 52-year-old Thomas Lee Smith carried off “an assortment school supplies” valued at $50.26 from Maxway Store No. 1408 on Tuesday.
A Carline Street address, as well as “streets of Rockingham” is listed as Smith’s address on the warrant.
According to the warrant, smith gave Patrolman Chris Dunn a false name and pulled away from the officer, running in front of his car “almost causing an accident.”
Smith was also allegedly in possession of a “glass tube containing steel wool,” which the warrant calls drug paraphernalia.
Smith was arrested and charged with misdemeanor larceny, resisting a public officer and possession of drug paraphernalia and was jailed under a $3,000 secured bond.
Court records show Smith is already facing two charges each of misdemeanor larceny and possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana up to a half-ounce.
According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Smith has a history of convictions for stealing over the past 30 years. Previous convictions include both felony and misdemeanor counts of shoplifting, larceny and common-law robbery.
Smith has been convicted twice of assault on a female and also was convicted on drug charges.
Records show Smith has spent a total of six years in prison.
—William R. Toler