A Franklin County man awaiting trial in other felony cases is in the county jail on burglary, stealing, property damage and assault charges.
Derrick A. Smith, 38, St. Clair, is being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond in the most recent case, authorities said.
Smith was arrested Saturday afternoon, Aug. 17, by a deputy who was responding to a report of a suspect caught attempting to steal horse tack from a stable off of Robertsville Road.
A caretaker on the property called the sheriff’s office about 2:43 p.m. and reported he had discovered a man stealing horse tack. During the confrontation he struggled with the suspect and tried to take the keys to his vehicle.
The suspect managed to get into his vehicle and struck the caretaker with his car as he fled the scene, according to the sheriff’s office. The suspect also rammed a security gate and struck a lawn mower as he fled.
About 10 minutes later, a deputy who was answering the call stopped the suspect on Highway AT near Villa Ridge. While questioning the man, the deputy noticed a “significant” amount of horse tack inside the vehicle, according to the report.
Officers also found other suspected stolen property in the vehicle and are working to determine owners of the property.
The sheriff’s office said Crawford County had two outstanding felony warrants charging Smith with receiving stolen property and that authorities in Vigo County, Ind., issued an arrest warrant for Smith in an assault and battery case.
Smith also is awaiting trial in a felony stealing case investigated by Sullivan police, according to online court records.
The sheriff’s office expects to seek additional charges against Smith in the latest case.