Cassville men arrested in connection to burglaries

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A pair of Cassville residents and a Garfield, Ark., woman have been arrested in connection with 17 burglaries that occurred in the Mineral Springs area over the last few months.

Last week, the Barry County Sheriff's Department arrested Brandon Ray Sabart, 25, of Cassville, and Brandon Dale Rawlings, 24, of Cassville. Both men have been charged with second degree burglary and are being held at the Barry County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bonds.

On Aug. 6, deputies also arrested Jennifer Lynn Garigen, 25, of Garfield, Ark. She has been charged with receiving stolen property and is currently free on a $4,500 bond.

According to the statement of probable cause filed in connection with the case, a home located in the Mineral Springs area was broken into between July 30 and Aug. 2. A laptop computer, a 21-inch flat screen TV, two DVD players and several DVDs were stolen.

Last week, Rawlings sold 52 DVDs at a local video store. A library card was found in one of the DVDs, which indicated that two of the DVDs were rented from the local library by the homeowner who was robbed earlier in the month. The homeowner identified the DVDs.

During an interview, Rawlings stated that the burglary was committed by Sabart. Rawlings stated he was only trying to sell the stolen property.

Rawlings also indicated that Sabart had broken into another residence in the area on July 13 or 14. Rawlings said that Sabart tossed a bunch of jewelry in the woods off of Highway 76 after the burglary. The jewelry was recovered after Rawlings led Detective Brian Landreth to the location.

Rawlings and Sabart are also allegedly connected to a break-in of a truck on July 23 or 24. A CD player, a diamond plate truck toolbox, sub woofers, a hammer and a screwdriver were taken from the pickup, which was left on the side of the road with a flat tire.

On Aug. 6, Landreth contacted Garigen and requested she come to the sheriff's office for questioning in connection with the burglaries. Garigen was driven to the office by her father, and the stolen truck toolbox was on her father's truck.

Garigen stated that she received the toolbox, a sub woofer and a radio from Sabart. She said that Sabart told her he bought the toolbox with money he received from selling marijuana.

When questioned about burglaries in the area, Garigen denied having any information on the burglaries. She was given a computerized voice stress analyses test at the Cassville Police Department, which indicated deception.

Sabart has denied having any information or involvement in any of the burglaries.

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