Wheaton man caught on camera, arrested for burglary

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Man allegedly stole $55,000 in wire from Preferred Poultry

A Wheaton man has been charged with four felonies after allegedly being caught on a surveillance camera stealing wire from Preferred Poultry near Cassville.

Justin Todd Taylor, 42, of Wheaton, is charged with two counts of theft and two counts of burglary.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Doug Henry, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to Preferred Poultry on June 13 in reference to a burglary report. A couple spools of wire had been stolen from the property, and a camera allegedly captured an image of the person on May 23 at about 11:20 p.m.

A person and truck were again caught on the camera on June 11 at about 3:03 a.m., when Taylor had allegedly been at the site wanting to get pallets. On June 13, there was another man captured on surveillance at 4:59 a.m. walking in the back of the property. This time, it was discovered $55,000 in wire had been stolen from the business.

Henry put up a surveillance camera inside the building on June 13, and on Friday, another burglary, 16 rolls of 19 strands of 12-gauge, 2,500 feet of wire valued at $5,100, was reported. Henry retrieved the SD card from the camera, and later on Friday, Taylor was pulled over in a traffic stop, allegedly wearing the same clothes as the suspect on camera. Henry said he also located the same gloves and hat the suspect was wearing, and Taylor had allegedly sold the wire earlier in the day.

Taylor is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $40,000. A court date has yet to be set.

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