Man is area's most wanted

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

The newly formed Barry-Lawrence County Crime Stoppers organization has released the name of its first most wanted criminal. Anyone with information that could lead to the arrest of Kevin E. Carey, 25, formerly of Monett, is asked to call the Crime Stoppers hotline.

Carey was convicted of second degree assault and armed criminal action for shooting a man at a Monett trailer park last summer, said Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder. Carey received a 12-year sentence and a five-year sentence after he pleaded guilty to both charges in a Lawrence County Court.

On Dec. 7, Carey was granted a furlough from the Lawrence County Jail. On Dec. 10, after Carey failed to return from the furlough, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Carey, who is 5'8" tall and weighs 195 pounds, has brown hair and green eyes. He is considered to be armed and dangerous.

According to Schweder, who helped initiate the local Crime Stoppers organization, the most wanted program will be reserved for exceptionally dangerous criminals.

"We are going to reserve this for people considered to be a danger to the community who have been convicted of a violent crime who we want arrested as soon as possible," said Schweder. "We will also have an ongoing Crime Stoppers program that we hope people will take advantage of at any time. We will take information from anyone at any time."

Crime Stoppers is a tip-based law enforcement program that rewards individuals who anonymously share information about a crime that helps a law enforcement agency make an arrest.

Tips are usually reported by individuals who have information about a crime and either fear reprisal, have a lack of interest in helping solve a crime or are reluctant to become involved in an investigation.

Crime tip reporters are not asked for their name, phone number or address when reporting a tip through the Crime Stoppers hotline. Reporters are given a caller code number, which is used each time the reporter calls the hotline concerning the crime.

The local Crime Stoppers program was organized using a $1,500 grant that the Monett Police Department received earlier this year. A local board of directors has been established to oversee additional fundraising efforts that will support the Crime Stoppers program.

Individuals with information on the location of Carey or information on any other crime are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 417-354-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-635-TIPS.

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