Charges filed in 3-county theft spree

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, center, hands a stolen purse to Master Sgt. Carl Cosper, left, while Det. Doug Henry looks on. Deputies recovered about $40,000 worth of stolen items from thefts in Barry and Lawrence countries. Kyle Troutman/

Barry County Sheriff's Office recovers $40K in stolen property

Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff, goes through a stolen tool set recovered during a search Tuesday. Kyle Troutman/

Official charges have been filed against three Verona residents accused of stealing items from residents in Barry, Lawrence and Stone counties.

The Barry County Sheriff's Office recovered about $40,000 in stolen property Tuesday at a home on Highway VV near McDowell, arresting three individuals at gunpoint.

Those arrested included: Jason Kramer, 24, James Kramer, 61, and Amanda Shelby, 27, all of Verona.

Jason Kramer is charged with second-degree burglary, theft, first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and tampering with a motor vehicle, all class C felonies. His bond has been set at $40,000.

Shelby is charged second-degree burglary, theft, first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and tampering with a motor vehicle, all class C felonies. Her bond is set at $40,000.

James Kramer is charged with receiving stolen property, a class C felony, and he has a bond of $20,000.

From left, Lt. Randy Kalbaugh, Master Sgt. Carl Cosper, Maj. Leonard Collins, Sheriff Mick Epperly, Det. Rob Evenson and Det. Doug Henry pose near some of the stolen property, about $40,000 worth, recovered by the Barry County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. Kyle Troutman/

Additional charges out of Lawrence and Stone counties are expected, and some items may be involved in Newton County cases as well.

"We've had a rash of burglaries and car thefts in northeast Barry County, and a lot of this stuff is probably part of theft cases out of Lawrence County," said Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff. "We will be happy to get this stuff back to the owners."

According to probable cause statements obtained by The Monett Times, some allegedly stolen items recovered included: a 2012 carry-on box trailer with tools, a 2010 homemade trailer, a Pegasus vehicle diagnostic machine, a pink and brown purse with contents, a camp hunting bag and a Honeywell safe with .45-caliber ammunition. The items each correspond to separate theft cases, and more cases are believed to be involved.

According to Det. Doug Henry, he asked Jason Kramer what was stolen and what was his, and Kramer pointed out several items to be his. Shelby was then asked the same question, and she allegedly pointed out a number of items as stolen that Kramer claimed to be his.

"It was evident that James was trying to hide the items because they were covered with tarps in the backyard," Henry said.

Epperly said his office is working to separate and log each individual item, which were stolen from homes and vehicles.

Deputies went to the Highway VV home to arrest Shelby on a warrant, but she was not there at the time. Epperly said he then noticed a trailer that matched the description of one stolen from a home in Purdy.

"Jason and Amanda showed up around 4 p.m., and they had been stealing some rifles and guns from homes, so we took them down at gunpoint," Epperly said.

Shelby also allegedly admitted to taking her child with her when committing the crimes.

Court dates for the three are not yet available.

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  • Maybe the paper could look into what happens to all this property they recover....have known people who have had big items found in arrests but they NEVER got their items back.....who gets them?...friends of law enforcement?

    -- Posted by common-tater on Sat, Nov 1, 2014, at 9:19 PM
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