3 charged with stealing truck from Stage Stop store

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Vehicle taken after keys left inside

A Seligman man is facing multiple felonies after allegedly stealing a truck from the Stage Stop convenience store in Butterfield.

Levi Slye, 35, of Seligman, is charged with two counts of tampering with a motor vehicle, and one count of stealing a firearm.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Robert Evenson, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Slye, Gregory Latschar, of Verona, and Ashley West, of Reeds Spring, were at the Stage Stop on March 3. Sly and West were inside for some time, then when outside the store, looked at a 2012 Dodge Ram and noticed the keys were still inside.

The three left, later returning in a vehicle owned by Latschar's mother. Slye and West got out of the vehicle and entered the truck and drove away. Inside the truck was a Taurus .380 caliber pistol.

The truck was found abandoned the next day on Highway 248, east of Highway 39, and the pistol had been removed. The truck also sustained about $5,000 in damage on the passenger side form the front to the rear.

A short distance from where the truck was abandoned, a 1997 Honda Accord was stolen from a carport, along with other items. Slye and West were allegedly seen driving the Accord at Rapid Roberts in Shell Knob.

Slye is being held in the Barry County jail on two cash-only bonds of $10,000. He was arrested on Friday, has been arraigned and has a disposition hearing scheduled for May 2 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

West was arrested on April 4 and is also charged with two counts of tampering with a motor vehicle, and one count of stealing a firearm. After a bond change from $10,000 cash only to $10,000 by surety, she met her bond on Thursday. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 25 at 1 p.m. in Foulke's courtroom.

Latschar is also charged with two counts of tampering with a motor vehicle, and one count of stealing a firearm. He has a warrant out for his arrest with a bond set at $10,000 cash only.

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