Deputies find stolen items at Wheaton home

Thursday, March 24, 2011

An intensive investigation of several local burglaries paid off when the Barry County Sheriff's Department discovered a large collection of stolen items at a residence in Wheaton last Thursday night.

On March 17, deputies arrested Albert Fojas, 20, of Cassville, and Zachary Dale Fly, 19, of Purdy, in connection with the stolen items. Both Fojas and Fly have been charged with receiving stolen property over the value of $500.

"We are still looking for another individual," said Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly.

Deputies are attempting to locate Michael Xiong, 19, of Wheaton, who owns the residence where the stolen items were discovered.

"I appreciate how well my nighttime deputies worked on this," said Epperly. "The detectives also did an outstanding job, especially Detective Doug Henry.

"It is great to be able to get some of this stuff back for the people," said Epperly. "I really think once we have all suspects in custody, this will clear up a lot of the burglaries we have seen lately."

At the Wheaton residence, deputies confiscated a variety of items, including guns, flat screen televisions, DVDs, musical instruments and electronic equipment.

"Some of this stuff is from a burglary that occurred near the Lawrence County line," said Epperly. "Some items are from a couple of cases in Newton County.

"Then we have things from numerous cases across Barry County," said Epperly. "Some items are from the burglaries that occurred in Exeter and Purdy recently. One of the guns is even from a burglary that happened in the Mineral Springs area."

Individuals who have information on the burglaries or the location of Xiong are encouraged to call the Barry County Sheriff's Department at 847-6556.

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