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Joshua Michael Callaway


     The Sheriff’s Office has arrested 26 year old JOSHUA MICHAEL CALLAWAY of rural Mountain Home on felony charges related to two separate incidents that were reported over the weekend.

     On Saturday, October 22nd, the Sheriff’s Office took a report from a man stating that his 1999 Ford F250 pickup truck had been stolen.  The vehicle was valued at approximately $6,500.  The owner named CALLAWAY as a potential suspect due to events that had transpired the evening before at a resort in Gamaliel.

     The vehicle was later recovered by the owner after he arranged through a third party to meet CALLAWAY at a location in Buford.  When the owner arrived in the Buford area, he saw CALLAWAY walking down the roadway.  The owner then saw another man pull up in the pickup truck and turn into a private driveway.  The owner then took possession of his truck and notified the Sheriff’s Office.  The owner stated that he had found some Winchester 12 gauge shotgun shells inside his truck, together with an article of clothing, being a grey hoodie.  These items were taken into evidence. 

     Sheriff’s Corporal Kristofer Savino later on Saturday found CALLAWAY and questioned him about the vehicle theft. CALLAWAY admitted to stealing the truck and was taken into custody.  He was transported to the Detention Center.

     Prior to the report of the stolen pickup truck, the Sheriff’s Office had received an alarm call at a business on Highway 62 East of Mountain Home at approximately 4:31 AM.  Sheriff’s Deputy Craig Gates responded to the alarm.  When the deputy got there, the owner of the business was already on scene.  It was observed that forced entry had been made into the business through the front door.  A suspect was developed from security video camera surveillance.  The suspect was wearing a grey hoodie.  He only remained in the business for approximately 30 seconds before leaving.  It did not appear he had stolen anything.  There were also some 12 gauge shotgun shells found behind the building.  These matched the type of shotgun shells recovered from the vehicle that had been stolen. 

     CALLAWAY was interviewed by Sheriff’s Investigators this morning and admitted also to breaking into this business in question. CALLAWAY has been charged in connection with both incidents.  He is being held in custody on charges of:

Commercial Burglary – Felony
Theft of Property – Felony
Criminal Mischief – Felony
Criminal Mischief – Misdemeanor

   CALLAWAY has a bond of $15,000, and he will appear in the Circuit Court to answer on October 27th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff