Purdy man facing 4 felony charges

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

28-year-old allegedly stole Jeep, used it to burglarize uncle's home

A Purdy man is facing four felony charges relating to a home burglary in Cape Fair and a vehicle allegedly stolen from a home in Cassville.

Bryan Davis, 28, of Purdy, is charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, second-degree burglary, theft of a firearm and stealing.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Sgt. Donald Privett, with the Cassville Police Department, a 2003 Jeep Liberty was stolen from a home on Schell Street in Cassville, then found a week later at Concord Cemetery, north of Exeter.

According to the statement, Det. Rob Evenson, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, called Privett and said Davis admitted to taking the vehicle because he needed a ride for a job interview. He said a previous owner gave him a key to the car and wanted the new owners to receive a lesson, as the new owners still owed money on the vehicle. Privett said in the statement he spoke to the new owners, who said the vehicle was traded outright for another car, no money exchanged hands and Davis must have stolen the key from them.

On the same day the vehicle was recovered, Evenson filed a probable cause statement saying Davis took numerous items from his uncle's home on Highway 76 in Cape Fair, including food, ammunition, a crossbow, a Stihl chainsaw, turkey calls, traps and other items. Davis also allegedly stole nine firearms, including seven long guns and two handguns.

Evenson said in an interview about the incidents, Davis allegedly admitted to stealing the items from the home, and to using the stolen Jeep Liberty to transport the items.

For the home burglary, Davis is being held in the Barry County jail on a $20,000 bond. He has a separate $15,000 bond for allegedly stealing the car.

Davis is scheduled to appear in Judge Robert Foulke's courtroom on April 21 for a disposition hearing.

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