2/3 of items returned in 25-case theft ring

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Verona trio facing charges after stealing $40,000 worth of property

About two-thirds of the items stolen in a three-county theft ring have been returned to the original owners, according to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly.

The items allegedly stolen by Jason Kramer, 24, James Kramer, 61, and Amanda Shelby, 27, all of Verona, totaled about $40,000 in value and spanned about 25 theft cases in Barry, Lawrence and Newton counties.

Jason Kramer is facing charges of second-degree burglary, theft, first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, all class C felonies. Kramer is also facing charges of theft of a credit card or letter of credit, and two counts of theft of a firearm, all class C felonies, in a separate case.

James Kramer is charged with receiving stolen property, a class C felony. In a separate case, he is also facing charges of unlawful use of a weapon, a class D felony, and unlawful possession, transport, manufacture, repair or sale of a weapon, a class C felony.

Shelby is facing charges of second-degree burglary, theft, first-degree endangering the welfare of a child and first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, all class C felonies. In a separate case, she is also facing charges of theft of a credit card or letter of credit, and two counts of theft of a firearm, all class C felonies.

All three are set to appear for disposition hearings on Thursday, in front of Associate Circuit Judge Victor Head, for the charges relating to the three-county theft ring.

According to probable cause statements, some of the 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.

According to reports, Det. Doug Henry 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.

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.

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