Suspected credit card thief has lengthy criminal history

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - Just one day after his 20th birthday Terrance Davis was once again running from the law. Davis didn't make it far Tuesday. Lake Charles Police caught him hiding in a trash can on Aster Street. He's now in jail accused of credit card theft.

This isn't Davis' first brush with the law. After checking court records he was a wanted on a couple of bench warrants for not showing up to court on two cases: including a theft case dating back to January 2009 and a simple battery case from November of last year. Records also show he was arrested for possession with in intent to distribute crack cocaine - his trial date for that case is set for February.

But it's a probation hold for a simple attempted burglary conviction that's keeping Davis in jail. The following letter in court records dated March 2010 was written from jail by Davis to Judge Wilford Carter.

Dear Mr. Judge Carter

My name is Terrance Davis. I am 18-years-old. I have been held here at Calcasieu Correctional Center since March 11, 2010. I have been set a bond by Mr. Judge Richie which is $47,000. I have been charged with simple attempted burglary, trespassing, and false report of a motor vehicle. I was hoping to gain a bail reduction.

The reason for my request is that I am expecting to become a father next month to a baby girl, who is going to need all my support. I'm also an employee at Long John Silver's and they have agreed to hold my job for a short period of time. If you would be able to help me get my bond reduced to $5,000 it would be extremely helpful.

Davis would eventually plead guilty to the charges in February 2011 and was sentenced to two years probation.

Meanwhile 18-year-old Taisha Calhoun is free after posting $1,000 bond set by Judge Carter. She too is accused of credit card theft.

In our search on Davis, Calhoun's name also came up. Both she and Davis are being investigated for possession of a stolen car. But not just any car - a 2011 convertible Chevy Camero. Sources said Davis drove the stolen vehicle around for several months, but it was Calhoun who was pulled over driving it back in late July. Both were arrested, but charges are still pending as the Calcasieu District Attorney's Office is still reviewing the case.

For his charges stemming from Tuesday's incident (Theft, Possession of Stolen Things, Criminal Trespassing, Resisting an Officer) Judge Carter set Davis' bond at $3,500. But with the probation hold he's not going anywhere for the time being.