Eagle Rock man facing 10 counts for alleged burglaries

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

By Kyle Troutman

editor@cassville-democrat.com

An Eagle Rock man is now facing 10 felony charges for allegedly breaking into numerous homes on Farm Road 1209 and stealing about $10,000 worth of property.

John Wilson, 27, of Eagle Rock, is facing four counts of burglary, four counts of theft, and two counts of possession of a firearm, and he allegedly admitted to investigators he was behind the burglaries.

Deputies on Sunday also arrested Wilson's father, Jimmy Wilson, 57, of Eagle Rock, on a charge of receiving stolen property.

According to Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff, the burglary reports were from May 31 to June 5, and investigators discovered many items reported stolen were sold and pawned, and pawn tickets were in John Wilson's name.

"We recovered things like TVs, air compressors, power washers and a bunch of tools," Epperly said. "It was in a subdivision with a cul de sac, and we believe [Wilson] knew many of the homes were summer homes where people only come down on the weekends, so he know they would not be there.

"There are some full-time residents there, but others only come on weekends, and those are the ones that were hit."

On the morning of June 9, Epperly, along with Deputy Carl Cosper and Deputy Randy Kalbaugh, went to the home at 26234 Farm Road 1209 in Eagle Rock to arrest Wilson. After reading Wilson his rights, Epperly said Wilson admitted to the burglaries in his own neighborhood.

Wilson has been charged in four separate cases in Barry County Circuit Court, each containing one count of second-degree burglary and one count theft of property worth more than $500 but less than $25,000, all class C felonies. Two of the cases also include possession of a firearm charges, both class C felonies.

He is being held in the Barry County jail on an $80,000 bond and has a disposition hearing set for Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

Epperly said Jimmy Wilson was originally released, but further investigation led to a charge of receiving stolen property, a class C felony.

"We let the father out and thought son was only one involved," he said. "Further investigation led to the father being involved."

Wilson was released Monday on a $20,000 bond. A court date has yet to be set.

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