Granite Shoals City Councilor Phil Ort was arrested Dec. 14 on a charge of criminal mischief stemming from a 2021 incident in which he is accused of keying a car and causing over $2,500 in damages. File photo
Granite Shoals City Councilor Phil Ort was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 14, on a felony charge of criminal mischief. He is accused of keying a car in the Marble Falls H-E-B parking lot in October 2021. His case was raised from a class A misdemeanor to a state jail felony when prosecuting attorneys determined damages to the vehicle exceeded the $2,500 felony minimum.
Ort was released Thursday evening from the Burnet County Jail on a $5,000 bond. His arraignment is set for Feb. 15, 2023. A status hearing is April 14.
The original criminal mischief charge stemmed from Ort allegedly keying a Mercedes-Benz in the H-E-B parking lot in October 2021. He turned himself in to the Burnet County Jail in December 2021 after an investigation from the Marble Falls Police Department named him as a suspect.