Antique Bible and Coins Returned; Man Arrested

Matthew Edward Gauger


by Shannon Cay


MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – A man from Mountain Home is facing felony theft charges, after police say he stole an antique bible and collectible coins from a cabin in Henderson.

The Baxter County Sheriff’s Department says 29-year-old Matthew Gauger is charged with residential burglary and theft of property for a break-in on March 2nd.  Officials in Missouri say they arrested an Ozark County man who was in possession of the coins, in question. Through a series of interviews, Baxter County investigators determined Gauger was their suspect.

According to the investigators Gauger admitted to kicking down the cabin door and stealing the valuables. He is currently in the Baxter County Detention Center with a 25–thousand dollar bond and should appear in court on Thursday.

Officials say the bible and most of the coins have been returned to the homeowners.



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