Beware leaving purses, gifts in vehicles

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Members of the Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers recently discussed several vehicles that had been broken into in the bi-county area.

Purses that had been left in the vehicles, at Walmart, the movie theater and area restaurants, were reported stolen and credit cards taken from the purses were being used to purchase items.

According to Jay Jastal, with the Monett Police Department, officers investigating the incidents are trying to obtain video or photos of the perpetrator/s that stole the items.

Jastal said investigators believe the individuals are from the Lebanon area.

Reviewing activities of the previous month, Crime Stoppers members heard the local Shop with a Cop campaign was very successful this year, with a total of 27 children sponsored to purchase gifts for themselves or family members. Crime Stoppers sponsored one of the children recommended by school officials for the program.

The event was held on Thursday, Dec. 6, at Walmart in Monett.

Jastal said no tips had been paid in November, and there had been no tips to submit thus far in December.

Members expressed concern that representatives from several participating law enforcement agencies had failed to make the scheduled meetings in recent months. A portion of the meetings are geared toward law enforcement officials sharing information and networking with other representatives on current cases under investigation.

The next meeting of the Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers will be at noon on Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Family Room Steakhouse in Monett.

The Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for tips that lead to the arrest of those wanted for felony crimes. Tips may be submitted by calling 354-TIPS (8477) or toll-free at 1-888-635-TIPS (8477). Tipsters may remain anonymous.

Tips may also be submitted through the Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers website at Web-based tips are ineligible for a reward.

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