2 now in Barry County jail for vehicle theft

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pair blame one another for stealing car from Seligman home

Two Seligman residents have made their way to the Barry County jail after being arrested in Aurora in early September when they were pulled over in a vehicle allegedly stolen from Seligman.

Brandon Oxford, 40, and Mellisa Junior, 37, both of Seligman, are each facing charges of first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle in Barry County. In Lawrence County, Oxford is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance, first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property and misdemeanor driving with a revoked license.

According to a probable cause report filed by Cpl. Kaitlin Rundel, of the Aurora and Marionville Police Department, a careless and imprudent driver was reported on Highway 60 entering Marionville and then Aurora. Rundel said as the black Chevrolet Blazer passed her patrol car and allegedly crossed the white fog line twice.

Upon stopping the vehicle at about 9:28 a.m. on Sept. 6, Rundel learned it had allegedly been stolen from Seligman earlier that day. Oxford was driving the Blazer, and Junior, who initially identified herself by a different name, according to the report, was a passenger.

Oxford said he did not know the vehicle was stolen, and a guy named Larry said he could take it. When asked who Larry was, Oxford said he did not know. Oxford also said he did not know anything about pills allegedly found in the vehicle, including six alprazolam and two acetaminophen and hydrocodon bitartrate.

Rundel said she then notified Barry County the vehicle had been recovered, and the owner was coming to pick it up.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Rob Evenson, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, the vehicle was allegedly stolen before 6 a.m. on Sept. 6 from the owner's residence on Farm Road 2290 in Seligman.

Evenson interviewed Oxford and Junior at the Aurora Police Department. Oxford allegedly said he went to Junior's house, and she had the vehicle. He said he did not know it was stolen but knew it didn't belong to her.

Junior allegedly said she asked Oxford for a ride to Springfield and he came in the Blazer to pick her up. She said she did not know it was stolen but knew it did not belong to him.

When arrested, police also allegedly recovered a number of items with Walmart tags still attached. Junior allegedly said she might have stolen them but did not remember.

In the statement, Evenson said both were arrested in the Blazer and blamed it on the other, and since they were in it together immediately after it was stolen, both are responsible for its theft.

Both are being held in the Barry County jail on $15,000 bonds. For the Lawrence County charges, Oxford has a disposition hearing slated for Oct. 31 at 9 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Scott Sifferman. For the Barry County charge, he has a disposition hearing scheduled for Thursday in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

Junior was arraigned on Tuesday in Foulke's courtroom. A subsequent court date had not been set.

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