Charges filed in $500K jewelry theft

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fingerprint analysis leads deputies to out-of-state suspect

A Davenport, Iowa, man is facing two felony charges stemming from the alleged theft of about $500,000 worth of jewelry from a Highway 37 home near Washburn.

Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff, said Deputy Angela Cole responded to the home on May 12, pulling a thumbprint off of a storm room door. The print was sent to the crime lab in Carthage, where it was scanned and run through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, a nationwide fingerprint database.

The search yielded one match in Gregory Myers, 56, of Davenport, Iowa, who is currently being held in an Iowa jail for similar offenses.

"We think he used to live in Eureka Springs, [Ark.]," Epperly said. "They will extradite him to us once they are done with him."

Epperly said Meyers has hired a lawyer, and deputies are waiting for his extradition before they interview him about the alleged thefts.

"Detectives Rob Evenson and Doug Henry have been working on this case, and we've seen where the guy has pawned some stuff along the way to Iowa," Epperly said. "He also had tons of jewelry on him when he was caught. So, we are in recovery mode, and people in Iowa are going to send us pictures of some of the jewelry he had with him to see if it matches down here."

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