Trio held at gunpoint after stealing mower
Neighbor puts stop to theft on Farm Road 2240 in Washburn
Three Cassville men are being held in the Barry County jail after allegedly attempting to steal a mower from a home in Washburn but were stopped and held at gunpoint by the victim's neighbor.
Jeffrey Meier, 19, Lucas Roller, 18, and Tyler Spreeman, 20, all of Cassville, are each charged with second-degree burglary and stealing.
According to a probable cause statement filed by Barry County Det. Robert Evenson, at about 2:30 p.m. on May 23, Meier, Roller and Spreeman were seen at a home on Farm Road 2240 in Washburn allegedly loading a Troy Built riding lawn mower from inside of a barn on the property.
After loading the mower onto a trailer, the group fled the area, but a neighbor followed, eventually stopping the trio and holding them at gunpoint along Farm Road 1085 until law enforcement arrived on the scene.
The property owner arrived later and said the three men did not have permission to take any property from the home. Evenson said after being read his rights, Meier allegedly stated the group did not have permission to take the property.
Meier, Roller and Spreeman are each being held in the Barry County jail on bonds of $25,000. All three have been arraigned, and each are set to appear for disposition hearings on June 6 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.