According to a surveillance video, a man shot out glass in the front door of Tad’s Quick Stop just after 12:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. He then stole several packs of cigarettes and two cases of beer. He returned about five minutes later to take several bottles of wine before returning once more to steal two gallons of milk.
An anonymous caller tipped Eureka Springs police about the break-in and identified the man in the surveillance tape as 38-year-old Ryan Bauer. Detectives also found a 45 caliber Hornaday casing in the parking lot of the gas station.
A Eureka Springs Police Detective spotted a pick-up that matched the description found in the video later that afternoon. Officers pulled over the vehicle driven by Bauer in the parking lot of the Bavarian Inn.
According to the report, Bauer claims the officers smelled of alcohol and yet admitted to have been drinking that day and the night before. Officers questioned him about the hand gun and he said it was at his home. Later he told investigators that he is homeless but was housesitting at a residence on Highway 187 near Beaver Lake and that the gun was not at the home. When asked about the break-in earlier that morning, the suspect did not answer. He was brought to the Carroll County Detention Center and appeared in court Friday morning for a bond hearing. He is charged with commercial burglary, breaking and entering, and two counts of theft. His bond is set at 50-thousand dollars but due to a parole violation he will remain in jail even if he is able to post bond.