Deputies arrest 2 suspected house boat burglars | Crime
Two people face multiple charges after police say they found them making themselves at home in someone else’s house boat.
Damion Jackson McBride, 35, and Melissa Jeane Richards, 49, both of Mountain Home, are charged with residential burglary and criminal mischief.
According to a news release from Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery, the couple is accused of “unlawfully entering” a house boat docked at the Buzzard Roost Marina on Lake Norfork.
They were arrested following a call to the sheriff’s office by a concerned marina employee.
When deputies arrived, the pair at first refused to exit the boat.
Sheriff’ Montgomery said an unlocked window was discovered and “entry was made.”
Once inside the boat, deputies found McBride and Richards. Montgomery said deputies also found evidence the pair had been staying inside the boat for a period of time including unmade beds, leftover food and cigarette butts.
McBride reportedly told deputies he had been on board the house boat several other times because it is “usually unlocked.”
He and Richards were arrested and taken to the Baxter County Detention Center.
McBride was charged with residential burglary, criminal mischief and obstructing governmental operations. Richards was charged with residential burglary, criminal mischief, obstructing governmental operations and possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).
Bond was set at $15,000 for each and they were ordered to appear in Circuit Court on March 28.