Cassville man arrested on burglary charge

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

28-year-old charged with 4 felonies in 3 cases in past year

A Cassville man was arrested and charged with two felonies, marking the third and fourth felony charged leveraged against him in the past year.

Leroy Stockton, 28, of Cassville, is charged with second-degree burglary and stealing.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Lt. Randy Kalbaugh, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, Stockton allegedly attempted to steal $3,050 worth of property from a home on Farm Road 1150 in Cassville on or between April 15-27.

A witness allegedly saw Stockton coming out of the victim's driveway puling a trailer behind an SUV. Property allegedly taken included a dirtbike, engine stands, an engine hoist, a log splitter, three engine intakes, a small safe, hand tools, a chop saw, a karaoke machine and a wall gas heater.

Stockton is being held in the Barry County jail. He has been arraigned, and his bond was reduced from $20,000 to $10,000. A disposition hearing is scheduled for June 22 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

The arrest is the second of the calendar year for Stockton, as he was charged with tampering with a motor vehicle in January for an incident on Dec. 18, 2016.

In that case, according to a Sheriff's Office probable cause statement, Stockton allegedly borrowed a 2014 Hyundai from the victim to pick up a friend, then refused to return the vehicle. He was allegedly involved in a pursuit with a Seligman police officer, and eventually crashed the vehicle in Arkansas.

The chase saw him charged with multiple municipal violations in Seligman, including resisting arrest, failure to signal, speeding 31-35 miles per hour over the speed limit, careless and imprudent driving, failure to wear a seat belt, failure to drive in a single lane, making a false report, four counts of miscellaneous weapons violation, and driving while revoked. A hearing in Seligman Municipal court was held on May 15 in the courtroom of Judge Randee Stemmons.

Stockton was being held in the Barry County jail through March 1, when he was released on his own recognizance in lieu of a $15,000, cash-only bond. The case was bound over circuit court in February, and a disposition hearing was scheduled for May 15.

In May of 2016, just more than a calendar year ago, Stockton was charged with manufacturing a controlled substance and resisting arrest after 21 marijuana plants were allegedly found at s home on Highway 112 in Seligman. Stockton allegedly had parole violation and municipal warrants at the time, and after fleeing from a truck bed into the house, he was found holding a marijuana cigarette and lighter in his hand.

At the home, deputies found 12 individual potted green plants, plus a small black carton with nine additional plants. Stockton allegedly admitted to living at the home and growing the plants.

That case has also been bound over to circuit court, and a disposition hearing is scheduled for June 20 at 9:01 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Jack Goodman.

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