Suspected meth user caught by hunters drilling into gas tank

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – A Flippin man was arrested Saturday morning after authorities said he tried drilling holes into gas tanks in order to steal fuel.

Christopher Lee Mann, 33, of Flippin, was arrested Saturday morning, October 28th, on several charges after deputies were called to Baxter CR 486, which is North of Mountain Home.

Two men had parked their truck in the area and went hunting, a release from Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery said. When the returned to their truck, they discovered a man under the truck, who was later identified as Mann. He had drilled a hole into the gas tank of the truck and was draining out the fuel. The men confronted Mann and detained him at the scene while they called for a deputy and waited for him to arrive.

Deputy Mike Holland responded and ultimately arrested Mann on several charges. During a search of Mann’s vehicle, various articles of drug paraphernalia were found, including a digital scale, glass pipe, and syringes commonly utilized in connection with methamphetamine use. These items were seized and taken into evidence, as was the drill that Mann had used on the gasoline tank of the truck.

Mann was transported to the detention center where he was booked on charges of:

  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Felony
  • Possession Instrument of a Crime – Misdemeanor
  • Criminal Mischief in the 1st Degree – Misdemeanor
  • Theft of Property – Misdemeanor
  • Contempt of Court – Outstanding Misdemeanor Warrant
  • Non-Payment of Fines – Outstanding Misdemeanor Warrant

Mann’s bond is $5000. He will appear in the Baxter County Circuit Court to answer charges on November 2nd.

He is being held without bond on the two misdemeanor arrest warrants.

Press Release – Baxter County Sheriff

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