Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Arkansas: Homeowner in Rudy, Ark., shoots man stealing gas

Rudy, Arkansas

From KSPR of June 3, 2008
Homeowner in Rudy, Ark., shoots man stealing gas

With prices nearing $4 a gallon, sheriff's deputies say Mark Holsted wanted to steal some gasoline from an unsuspecting resident of Crawford County.

However, that high price likely kept a homeowner armed with a 9mm pistol alert as well.

Deputies say an unidentified homeowner shot Holsted in the arm and thigh late Sunday night after spotting him stealing gas from a car parked outside a home in Rudy. Officers say Holsted was armed with a rifle at the time of the shooting and had an accomplice and a getaway driver.

Holsted was listed in stable condition at a Fort Smith hospital Monday. Deputies say he'll face charges once he is released from the hospital's care.

The AAA said the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in nearby Fort Smith on Monday was $3.81.

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