Mountain Home teen in and out of jail in 22 minutes


A Mountain Home man, 18-year-old Justin Watson, surrendered himself at the Baxter County Detention Center Wednesday evening on an outstanding warrant from the Mountain Home Police Department. It was a process that took 22 minutes from the time Watson was booked into the jail until he was released.

According to the arrest affidavit, an incident was reported to the Mountain Home Police Department of a vehicle having been entered, with two long boards and $200 in cash taken. Upon investigation, Mountain Home Police Department officers learned the boards had been pawned at a local shop.

During interviews with potential suspects, Watson is alleged to have confessed to "car hopping," a term for breaking into random vehicles and taking items, the night in question and committing the theft. A second subject, unnamed in the affidavit, allegedly admitted to being with Watson and acting as the lookout.

Watson was charged with felony breaking or entering and a misdemeanor count.

His bond was set at $2,500.

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