Alleged thief tells cops he’s gotta do what he’s gotta do

A man listing a Harrison address, whose vehicle was stuffed with allegedly stolen items to the point the trunk lid would not close and there was barely room in the passenger compartment for him to drive, reappeared in Baxter County Circuit Court Thursday.

Twenty-eight-year-old Anthony Michael Honings is now scheduled to go to trial next month.

He is accused of breaking into several vehicles in the Mountain Home area and stealing a large number of items, including specialized tools and equipment used in telecommunications and electrical work. In addition, Honing's take included a pair of golf shoes, a tackling dummy, a football helmet, a cooler, two red and gray chairs and a trailer hitch.

When Honings was questioned by police and asked about the allegedly stolen items in his possession, he is reported to have replied, "I gotta do what I gotta do." He told investigators he did not remember details of the individual thefts.

According to the probable cause affidavit, a Mountain Home police officer made contact with Honings just after midnight on Oct. 27th last year.

The officer reported Honings was in a vehicle on a local used car lot. Despite the late hour, when asked what he was doing, Honings told the officer he was thinking of buying the truck and wanted to look it over.

The story did not turn out to be truthful. The officer noticed the truck had been damaged. The rearview mirror and driver's side sun visor had been removed. Both items were found in a vehicle belonging to Honings.

As he was talking to Honings, the officer reported detecting the odor of intoxicants and asked the suspect if he had been drinking. He admitted he had, and produced a breath sample affirming he was well beyond legally drunk.

The officer also found a plastic bag containing 7.4 grams of suspected marijuana and a metal smoking pipe used to ingest the drug.

He is charged with breaking or entering and theft of property, criminal mischief and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Honings has been free on $5,000 bond.

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