Crime Stoppers meet

Sunday, July 31, 2011

The Barry-Lawrence chapter of Crime Stoppers is seeking new board members and executive board members.

Chairman John Strong indicated that recent attendance numbers were down because people were unable to attend the monthly meetings or had relocated, leaving vacancies on the board.

Crime Stoppers is an organization that offers rewards for information leading to the arrest and charges being filed on those who have committed felonies in the bi-county area.

Representation is needed from both the southern Barry County and northern Lawrence County areas. Additional representation from the Monett/Purdy/Verona area is also needed.

Anyone interested in joining the Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers board will be subject to a criminal background investigation prior to being permitted to attend the meetings. For more information, contact Strong at 417-354-0619.

In other business, law enforcement officials are still seeking information on several unsolved cases.

The first involves a June 3 armed robbery of Regions Bank in Mt. Vernon. Law enforcement officials are seeking a white male, about 5 feet, 10 inches in height with a thin build and brown hair.

The second unsolved case involves the May 15 robbery of a Shell Knob pharmacy in which the suspect took several bottles of hydrocodone.

A third unsolved incident involves a white female, approximately 60 years of age, who is driving an older model Mercury Cougar. She is wanted for felony stealing that occurred in January at Ramey Supermarket in Monett. The suspect is described as being about 5 feet, seven inches in height and weighing 150 pound. She has light brown hair.

Rewards of up to $1,000 are offered for tips that lead to the arrest of those wanted for felony crimes.

These and other unsolved crimes are featured on the Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers website at Web-based tips are ineligible for a reward. Tips may be submitted via the website or by calling 1-888-635-TIPS (8477).

Strong is seeking donations from area businesses to help in funding the reward account.

Local law enforcement officials have reported that petty theft is up in the bi-county area. Many of the incidents revolve around vehicles being broken into so thieves can take electronics and loose change.

The next meeting of the Barry-Lawrence chapter of Crime Stoppers will be at noon on Thursday, Aug. 18, at the Bayou Restaurant on Highway 60 in Monett.

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