BPD allegedly finds a man with meth after tearing down a bathroom door at Green Top Grocery

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The investigation remains ongoing. (Photo courtesy: WJBC/File)

By Blake Haas

BLOOMINGTON – A Bloomington man faces drug charges in McLean County after police allegedly tore down a bathroom door at Green Top Grocery.

Late Friday night, authorities responded to the Bloomington grocery store, where employees say an individual entered the store with ‘strange behavior.’

According to an arrest report, Christopher Hota, 38, of Bloomington, allegedly locked himself in the bathroom and locked the door.

Police say Hota refused to leave the bathroom after the store closed after being asked multiple times.

Prosecutors say police used a battering ram to bust open the door.

During a search of Hota, police allegedly found a cut straw, which is used to ingest drugs.

In addition, police say Hota allegedly had a glass pipe and 2.5 grams of meth.

Hota was released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.

Blake Haas can be reached at Blake.Haas@Cumulus.com.

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