Overnight guest charged with taking credit card, checkbook

Photo: Vincent Paul Delong   

A Marion County man who failed to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court earlier this year is facing new felony charges involving the alleged theft of a credit/debit card and a checkbook from a woman with whom he overnighted in late October.

According to the probable cause affidavit, 33-year-old Vincent Paul Delong of Bull Shoals is charged with three felony counts of forgery and a single count of theft of property involving a credit/debit card. Delong also faces a misdemeanor of fraudulent use of a credit or debit card.

Delong entered a not guilty plea to the charges in Marion County Circuit Court last week.

The theft was discovered when the victim received a call requesting authorization of a transaction on her credit/debit card at the Flippin Walmart. Video evidence at the store shows Delong attempting to purchase a radar detector.

The victim contacted her bank and learned three checks had been issued on her account.

The most recent charges reactivated a closed case in Baxter County where Delong was charged with felony counts of drug and drug paraphernalia possession following a traffic stop in October 2020. The drug field tested positive for methamphetamine.

At the time of his arrest in 2020, online records indicate he had a failure to appear warrant out of Marion County.

In April this year, court records indicate an arrest warrant was issued for Delong when he failed to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court on the two felony drug charges.

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