Seligman man facing multiple theft-related felonies

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Trio of cases against man allege burglaries, receiving stolen property

A Seligman man has been charged with multiple felony counts in three cases alleging he burglarized homes and played a role in the burglary at the Exeter Corn Maze.

In three separate cases, Levi Slye, 35, of Seligman, is charged with three counts of receiving stolen property, two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of stealing a firearm.

In the first case, according to a probable cause statement filed by Deputy Bill Watkins, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Slye allegedly stole a .22-caliber revolver from a home on Farm Road 1075 in Seligman. The owner of the firearm became aware it was missing on Aug. 3 or 4, then located the gun at a pawn shop and reported the theft on Aug. 5. In this case, Slye is charged with receiving stolen property.

In the second case, according to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Rob Evenson, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Slye unlawfully entered an outbuilding near the Exeter Corn Maze on Highway MM, allegedly stealing multiple chainsaws, a sawsall, portable radios and other items valued in excess of $500. Evenson said several items have been recovered and the people in possession of the items indicated Slye delivered them. In this case, Slye is charged with second-degree burglary and receiving stolen property.

Slye allegedly admitted to deputies he and Carl Lincoln had taken the items from the building. Lincoln was charged last week with theft and burglary for his alleged role in the incident.

In the third case, according to another probable cause statement filed by Det. Rob Evenson, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Slye allegedly entered a home on Farm Road 1090 in Cassville and stole a Cannon video camera, ammunition, archery equipment, a compound bow and other items valued in excess of $500. He also allegedly stole at least five firearms, including a Smith and Wesson Model SW40VE .40-caliber handgun, a Ruger American .308-caliber rifle, a Savage Model 11 .204-caliber rifle and two other firearms.

When he was arrested in Cassville on Thursday, Slye was allegedly in possession of the firearms, and he also allegedly admitted to leading Seligman police on a pursuit while driving an ATV stolen from the same home. He allegedly gave deputies information on where the ATV and other firearms were located. In this case, he is charged with second-degree burglary, receiving stolen property and theft of a firearm.

Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff, said deputies had been searching for Slye heavily in the past week, getting a good tip that led to his arrest.

Slye is being held in the Barry County jail, and with three separate cases, he has three separate bonds. For the first case, his bond is set at $15,000. Bonds for the second and third cases are set at $20,000 each and are cash-only.

Slye was arraigned on the first case on Friday, and a disposition hearing was held Tuesday in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke. He was arraigned on the other two cases on Tuesday, as well.

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