EMAIL TIP HELPS IDENTIFY BURGLAR AND THIEF

10/21/2015



Tyler Paul Hudgens

    

     The Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 31 year old Jordan man, TYLER PAUL HUDGENS, on multiple charges related to a burglary, break-ins, and thefts in the county after an investigation that began on September 11th.  On that date, the Sheriff’s Office took a report from the owner of the Quarry Marina on Lake Norfork.  When reviewing video surveillance, a man was observed on the boat dock at approximately 3:30 in the morning removing fuel tanks from pontoon boats. 

     Over the next few weeks, numerous reports were made that patrons of the dock were missing fuel tanks, fuel, fishing equipment, trailer wheels and tires, and other items.  Additional video and photographicall evidence was obtained during these incidents as well, which also took place in the early morning hours.  A white van had also been observed at the location as well.  Jordan Marina also has photographs of the same person stealing fuel and other items from their facility.

     On October 8th, an anonymous email was received which told of numerous fishing gear, tools, boat motors, and other items that had appeared at the residence of TYLER HUDGENS over the last few months.  The email also stated that HUDGENS drives a white van. 

     Sheriff’s Investigators went to the residence in the Jordan area and spoke with the owner of the property.  The owner confirmed that TYLER HUDGENS lives on the property and had been bringing numerous items to the site and storing them in and around an outbuilding.  These items were examined, and several of the items matched property listed as stolen on the various reports.  These items, along with several other items, were seized and taken into evidence.  They included approximately 60 fishing rods, tackle, boat fuel cans, other marine items, power tools, hand tools, hunting equipment, and other household items.  These were valued collectively at approximately $15,000. 

     To date, sixteen criminal reports have been tied to TYLER HUDGENS.  Property from a residential burglary in the Jordan area occurring in April, 2015 was also found in the seized item, as well as a set of patio furniture taken in the early spring of 2015. 

     On October 21st, TYLER HUDGENS was located in the Rodney area and arrested on unrelated warrants already outstanding.  He was taken to the Detention Center on booked on the warrants and also on charges related to the burglary, thefts, and break-ins. HUDGENS is currently in the Detention Center in lieu of $50,000 bond on charges of:

Residential Burglary (1 count) – Felony
Breaking or Entering (16 counts) – Felonies
Theft of Property (4 counts) – Felonies
Theft of Property (14 counts) – Misdemeanors
Criminal Mischief (1 count) – Misdemeanor
Probation Violation – Misdemeanor Warrant (no bond)
Hold for Izard County – Felony Warrant

     TYLER PAUL HUDGENS will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on October 22nd.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff

 

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