Flippin man arrested, stole items from his workplace

Leigh Goldsmith Blackmon (Source: Baxter County Sheriff)
Leigh Goldsmith Blackmon (Source: Baxter County Sheriff)

BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) – The Baxter County Sheriff's Department says a man from Flippin, Arkansas has been arrested for stealing items from his workplace.

Sheriff's deputies were called out to T. I. Trailers in Midway Monday morning. The manager was complaining that he suspected one of his employees, Leigh Goldsworth Blackmon, was stealing items out of the shop area. This came after another employee taking items to his truck.

The manager looked through Blackmon's, 21, truck windows and could see items that belonged to the business. Sheriff's sergeant Mike Holland went to the business, and while he was talking to the manager he saw Blackmon walking to his truck.

Holland made contact with Blackmon and could see that he was hiding something in his clothes. He had two acetylene cutting torches and several brass fittings that belonged to the business concealed in his clothing.

While searching Blackmon's vehicle Holland found tail lamps, wiring harnesses, crimping pliers, a ratchet wrench, around 20 pounds of brass, and other lighting hardware, which all belonged to the business. The value of these items exceeded $1,000.

Blackmon was taken to the Baxter County Detention Center and charged with a felony for theft of property. He is being held in lieu of $7,500 bond, and will appear in circuit court on January 2.

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