Arkansas man facing 15 charges in Barry County

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

6 cases arise after multiple thefts, property damage in Eagle Rock

An Arkansas man is facing 15 charges, spanning six cases, stemming from multiple alleged thefts and property damage at homes in Eagle Rock.

In total, Joseph Bass, 24, of Berryville, Ark., is charged with five counts of burglary, five counts of theft, four counts of property damage and one count of tampering with a motor vehicle.

Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff, said the cases come from incidents in September 2015, where two men, Bass and Andrew Roberts, 22, of Golden, allegedly committed four burglaries in Eagle Rock on Private Road 1177, saying they broke into the homes and lived in them, eating any food that was there, stealing anything of value and damaging property.

"They trashed some of the summer homes by the lake," Epperly said. "They also stole all kinds of different household items."

The thefts were discovered after deputies were dispatched on Sept. 22, 2015, to Uncle Roy's Convenience Store in Eagle Rock in reference to a vehicle theft. Law enforcement caught up to the vehicle on Highway 86, with the Missouri State Highway Patrol giving chase. The vehicle crashed, and Bass, along with Roberts, allegedly fled on foot into the woods. After a long search, aided by a helicopter, both subjects could not be found.

Barry County Det. Doug Henry and Det. Rob Evenson received information a female had dropped Bass and Roberts off at the store. They interviewed Amber Burdiss, 33, of Eagle Rock, who said she dropped the men off. After reviewing the security footage from the store, detectives determined Burdiss was involved in the vehicle theft, as she followed the stolen car out of the parking lot.

Burdiss was arrested on Sept. 25, 2015, and charged with tampering with a motor vehicle. Roberts was later arrested in Carroll County, Ark., and allegedly admitted to four burglaries in the Eagle Rock area.

Bass was in jail in Berryville for the past 50 days, signing an extradition waiver and coming to Barry County on Tuesday. He has no more pending charges in Arkansas, according to Epperly.

Bass is scheduled to appear for a case review on Jan. 22 at 7:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke. His bond has been set at $95,000.

Burdiss, who met a bond of $4,500 in October 2015, has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. in the courtroom of Judge Foulke.

Epperly said Roberts is still being held in Carroll County, Ark., on failure to appear and burglary charges. He has not yet been extradited to Missouri, and Epperly said he does not know when an extradition may occur. Roberts is facing the same charges as Bass.

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