The Eagle Rock postmaster was charged Friday in federal court for conspiring to rob a convenience store.
According to David M. Ketchmark, acting United States attorney, Michael Joe Stubblefield, 48, of Cassville, was charged by complaint with conspiring to interfere with interstate commerce by threats or violence in connection with planning an alleged robbery of Uncle Roy's convenience store in Eagle Rock.
An affidavit of probable cause indicates that Stubblefield met with confidential informants for the purpose of coordinating a staged robbery or burglary at Uncle Roy's by utilizing an employee's access information to gain entry after the store was closed.
According to the affidavit, Stubblefield abandoned the plan of a staged robbery after the convenience store employee was terminated. At that point, Stubblefield allegedly began planning a possible take-over robbery.
The Barry County Sheriff's Department was involved in the investigation of the alleged robbery plot. Sheriff Mick Epperly said Barry County Detective Angela Cole was the law enforcement officer who uncovered the plan.
"Detective Cole, along with a member of the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force, received information from confidential informants that a plot to rob the Uncle Roy's convenience store in Eagle Rock was allegedly being planned by the Eagle Rock postmaster," said Epperly.
"When Detective Cole realized that the information, she was being given was credible, federal authorities were contacted due the postmaster being involved," explained Epperly.
The case against Stubblefield was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Service - Office of Inspector General and the Barry County Sheriff's Department.
The case, which will be handled in federal court in Springfield, is being prosecuted by Supervisory Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Oliver and Assistant U.S. Attorney James Kelleher.
Ketchmark cautioned that the charges contained in the complaint and affidavit are simply accusations and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.