Baxter County man facing more theft charges as investigation continues

Baxter County man facing more theft charges as investigation continues

BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - A Norfork man is facing additional theft charges after investigators found five reported crimes that are now linked to him.

Tyler Paul Hudgens, 31, has been in custody at the Baxter County Detention Center since Oct. 20 on a multitude of burglary, break-in, theft and criminal mischief charges.

According to Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, approximately $3,000 worth of property was stolen from a property on Highway 177 South in Jordan on Jan. 6.

These items included a granite countertop, several sheets of plywood, a Jeep engine, a fireplace insert and several tractor implements. Some of these items have been located.

Three propane cylinders valued at $600 were taken from the 300-block of Mildred Simpson Drive in Norfork on Jan. 21. Two of these have been recovered.

Around 80 gallons of diesel fuel were stolen from a worksite in the 8000-block of Highway 177 South on Jan. 30.

The fuel was valued at $210.

Another 100 gallons of diesel fuel were reported missing from a storage tank and 60 gallons missing from a piece of machinery at the same location on Feb. 15.

A pump, hose, nozzle, toolbox, grease gun, chain saw lubrication and a propane cylinder were also reported stolen at that time.

These items were valued at approximately $3,346.

A 6-gallon boat fuel tank was reported stolen from a house in the 1800-block of Sheid Road on July 10. A tank matching this description was later found and recovered.

Hudgens has now been charged with an additional four counts of criminal trespassing, three misdemeanor counts of theft of property, two felony counts of theft of property and one felony count of residential burglary.

This is in addition to the 16 counts of breaking or entering and 18 counts of theft of property Hudgens was already facing.

His bond remains the same at $50,000.

The Sheriff's Office has seized several articles of personal property during this investigation that have not been connected to a specific case or report on file.

Baxter County residents, particularly those living in the Norfork and Jordan areas, who have found that personal property items have been stolen are invited to come to the Baxter County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division to view the property that has been seized.

Their hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If a substantiated claim is made, the property can potentially be returned to the rightful owner.

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