With ignition removed, battery in floorboard, suspect claims unaware vehicle stolen

Fulton County authorities received information last week 35-year-old Christopher Christie was in possession of a stolen pickup truck parked at a salvage yard north of Salem. Christie’s address is not available in online court documents.

According to the probable cause affidavit, state and national crime information databases indicate Christie has warrants for his arrest out of Missouri for forgery and in Fulton County.

A deputy arrived at the salvage yard and observed a vehicle matching the description of the one reported stolen sitting in the driveway with Christie behind the wheel.

A check of the truck’s vehicle identification number indicated it had been stolen out of Springfield.

When advised the truck was stolen, Christie denied knowing it, despite the ignition having been removed and a battery in the floorboard being used to start the vehicle.

The deputy noted, “From the looks of the evidence it was obvious that the vehicle had been stolen.”

Christie has been charged with a felony count of theft by receiving, with his bond set at $5.000.

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