A 40-year-old Haines City man charged with stealing over $20,000 worth of manhole covers made his first appearance before a judge on Saturday morning.
Christopher M. Fink is facing 166 counts of theft. Investigators say he took 162 manhole covers from Village 7 in Poinciana. His bond was set at $100,250 for a total of 198 charges.
According to a Polk County Sheriff's Office report the Toho Water Authority reported the metal covers were missing on Wednesday. Detectives determine the thefts occurred between January 9th and the day the report was filed.
An investigation revealed Fink attempted to sell the pilfered covers to a metal dealer in the area.
On Thursday PCSO issued a media alert on the case. Fink was identified as a possible suspect a short time later and was brought in for questioning.
An official with Gregco Recycling contacted authorities after receiving the alert. Fink is no stranger to law enforcement in Polk County.
He's been arrested five times since 2011 on a variety of charges including domestic battery, failure to appear in court, operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver's license and littering.
Fink owns and operates CMF Masonry LLC according to investigators.
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