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Man's appetite leads to burglary arrest

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Justin Thomas Studdard (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office) Justin Thomas Studdard (Source: Baxter County Sheriff's Office)

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR (KAIT) – It's long been said "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach", but one man's appetite led officers to him.

Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery says 29-year-old Justin Studdard of Briarcliff was arrested Wednesday in connection to the burglary of Bobbie Sue's Restaurant in Mountain Home last December.

During the burglary investigation Montgomery said someone broke into the restaurant through a kitchen window and climbed inside. Once inside the suspect took about $75 from one donation jar dedicated to the blind and an unknown amount of money was taken from Humane Society donation jar. About $17 in cash was taken from the register.

But the suspect didn't stop there.

Montgomery says the suspect helped himself to pie, milk, a ham sandwich and some English muffins.

The spoon used for the pie was collected for evidence and then analyzed by the Arkansas State Crime Lab. The sheriff's office got the DNA analysis back from the lab in October and it matched Studdard's genetic profile, according to Montgomery.

Studdard is in the Baxter County Jail on a number of charges including felony commercial burglary. He is being held without bond for violating parole.

He will be in court again November 21.

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