Deputies seek leads in flea market burglary

Monday, February 10, 2014

Sheriff: Suspect broke into Purdy store, stole collectible coins

Barry County deputies are looking for leads in a burglary that took place over the weekend.

According to Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff, someone broke into Ed's Flea Market, located at 8033 Farm Road 2062 in Purdy, through the front door and took a number of collectible coins, the value of which has yet to be determined.

"We followed [the burglar's] footprints through the snow, but we lost the trail at the highway," he said. "It looked like [the burglar] walked down the railroad tracks a ways toward Purdy."

Epperly said the incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, and two deputies and a detective responded to the scene. Epperly said there was damage to the business' door, and the detective has lifted fingerprints from inside the business and shoe prints from the snow.

No one was at Ed's Flea Market when the incident occurred, and the sheriff's office was notified by an alarm at the business. The owner has been notified, and Epperly said there are no suspects at this time.

If anyone has information about the burglary, Epperly asks they call the sheriff's office at 417-847-6556.

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