MH man charged in roofing issue


A Mountain Home man, 29-year-old John Downing, has been charged with a felony count of theft of property in connection with an incident involving a contractual agreement for a new roof.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the victim in the case told a Baxter County Sheriff's Office criminal investigator he entered into the agreement with Downing for a new roof for his home. The victim alleges he paid Downing $2,250 on May 31st.

Since the date of the agreement, Downing has not returned to the residence. The victim says he has called Downing several times and is given difference responses such as "we will be there tomorrow" and "you're the next house." At some point, the victim's calls were no longer returned.

The victim told the sheriff's investigator he has not received any materials or work for his payment.

Online jail records indicate Downing was booked into the Baxter County Detention Center Monday evening at 9:18 and released about 15 minutes later. He is set to appear in Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday.

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