Facebook leads to recovery of stolen items

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Shell Knob man charged with burglary, stealing

A Shell Knob man is facing two felony charges after stealing multiple items from a home on Highway 112 in Cassville and having someone else attempt to sell the items on Facebook.

Terry Martin, 37, of Shell Knob, is charged with second-degree burglary and stealing.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Robert Evenson, with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, Martin allegedly entered a home on Highway 112 in Barry County on Jan. 17 and stole numerous items, including a sofa, end tables, kitchen cabinet and model airplane, all totaling more than $750 in value.

After allegedly loading the items onto a trailer, Martin brought the wares to two people at a home on Old Exeter Road in Cassville, claiming the items were from a friend’s storage unit he cleaned out. Martin asked if the other two people wanted any of the items, some of which they took with the intent of selling.

One of the two people, neither of whom face charges, posted some of the items for sale on Facebook, where a friend of the victim recognized them and alerted authorities.

Several of the items were located in a vehicle at the home on Old Exeter Road, and the items were recovered, photographed and returned to the owner.

One of the sellers said more items were inside the house, and he retrieved those items and brought them to the Sheriff’s Office to be returned. That person allegedly stated Martin brought the items to them and described other items on Martin’s trailer matching the victim’s list of stolen property.

Martin was arrested on Feb. 7 and is being held in the Barry County jail on a bond of $15,000 for the two felonies, plus another $200 for a probation violation on a possession of a controlled substance case.

He has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing is scheduled for Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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