Charges filed in Cassville Bowl burglary

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Same 2 men allegedly responsible for Yonkerville Store burglary committed bowling alley burglary

Cases and charges against the two men allegedly behind the Yonkerville Store burglary in Pierce City continued to mount this week, as the Cassville Police Department has charged the men with orchestrating the burglary at Cassville Bowl on March 5.

Cassville police submitted charges of second-degree burglary, stealing and first-degree property damage for Jerry Hartkopp, 54, and second-degree burglary and stealing for James Hooper, 25, both of Wheaton.

Both men still being held in the Barry County jail on similar charges for the Yonkerville Store incident, as well as drug charges after deputies allegedly found methamphetamine in each of the men's homes.

Det. Danny Boyd, with the Cassville Police Department, said Hooper allegedly confessed to the Cassville Bowl incident while being interviewed about the Yonkerville Store by Det. Rob Evenson, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office.

Boyd said between 1:30 and 6 a.m. on March 5, the pair busted out the front glass door of the business with a rock, then stole tools, a couple bowling balls, a box of Cassville Bowl gift cards, $544 in cash from bank bags in the office and about $495 from the vending machines, poole table and air hockey table. Estimated damage to the door, vending machine, poole table, air hockey table and ATM bill changer is about $5,000.

Boyd said none of the stolen items have been recovered yet, and the coins were cashed in at the Cassville Walmart.

Hartkopp and Hooper are officially charged in the Yonkerville Store burglary on March 27, where the front door was broken and numerous items were stolen. Deputies also allegedly found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in separate searches of the men's homes, including items allegedly used for distribution in Hooper's home.

Spanning the three separate cases, Hartkopp is being held in the Barry County jail on $40,000 total in bonds, and Hooper is being held on $95,000 total in bonds. Both have disposition hearings scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on April 21 in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: