Louisiana man charged with vandalism in MS

Thursday, September 2, 2004

Staff Writer

A Louisiana parolee was charged with criminal mischief Aug. 24 after he shot a bank sign in Mammoth Spring, according to authorities.

Officials at the Mammoth Spring Police Department said a witness observed Michael Tibbits, 19, shooting the Simmons 1st Bank sign with a pellet rifle Aug. 20.

Tibbits returned to the bank later that night and shot the sign again when he learned the police were looking for him after the initial vandalism of the sign, said Mammoth Spring Police Chief Michael Davis.

Tibbits has been charged with criminal mischief in the first degree, a class C felony.

Davis said Tibbits admitted in a post-Miranda interview to both acts of vandalism and said he was "upset" when he found out the police were looking for him after the first incident.

The pellet rifle shots to the bank sign caused approximately $2,000 worth of damage, said Davis.

Tibbits is being held without bond in the Fulton County jail. Officials at the Fulton County Sheriff's Office said Tibbits will be held without bail until he is arraigned Sept. 7 by Circuit Judge Tim Weaver in Fulton County Circuit Court.

Fulton County deputy Paul Martin said Tibbits is expected to be extradited to Louisiana after his circuit court appearance.

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