COTTER MAN ARRESTED FOR BREAK-INS AT MINI STORAGE FACILITY
A Cotter man was arrested Wednesday evening, October 9th, on several charges after deputies responded to a report of a man "dumpster diving" at the Stash and Dash Mini-Storage, 587 W. Main Street, between Gassville and Cotter at approximately 8:07 PM.
Sheriff's Deputy Craig Kocka and Gassville Police Officer Ron Weaver responded to investigate. Upon arrival, they made contact with a man identified as DENNIS WAGERS. WAGERS told officers that he had lost his keys earlier while helping someone with a pop-up camper and was looking for the keys. Officers noticed all the side compartments of an RV were open and asked WAGERS why. Officers also noticed that there was a flat bed trailer between two RVs with assorted camping gear loaded on it. Officers asked WAGERS where those items on the trailer came from, and he replied that he placed them there because he thought his keys might have been in the compartment on the RV.
Officers then observed that the vehicle WAGERS was driving was loaded with assorted camping and fishing gear, and there were chairs, boxes, and bags of other articles beside the vehicle waiting to be loaded. Suspected marijuana was found inside the vehicle when it was later searched. DENNIS WAGERS was arrested for drug possession and the investigation continued into side compartments that were found to have been forced open on five different RVs.
DENNIS WAGERS, 63 years of age, was subsequently booked into the Baxter County Detention Center and charged as follows:
Breaking or Entering (5 counts) - Felonies
Theft of Property - Felony
Possession of Controlled Substance (marijuana) - Misdemeanor
WAGERS has a bond of $10,000 on those charges. He will appear before the Circuit Court to answer on October 17th. Records indicate that WAGERS has been booked into the Detention Center a total of 8 times since 2012.
/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff