Man charged in vehicle theft

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Purdy man allegedly stole vehicle from convenience store in Monett

A Purdy man has been charged for allegedly stealing a vehicle from the Kum & Go store on Highway 60 in Monett on May 31.

Randall Ford, 38, of Purdy, is charged with first-degree tampering with a motor vehicle.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Don Massengill, with the Monett Police Department, at about 12:20 a.m. on May 31, officers were dispatched to the store, where the victim said she has parked her 1998 Honda Accord two spots east of the front doors. She said she was the only person in the vehicle, and when she went inside to make a purchase and came back out, the vehicle had disappeared.

Store surveillance showed at approximately 12:09 a.m., Ford entered the store and walked toward the counter as the victim was seen parking the vehicle. Two minutes later, Ford was allegedly seen walking behind the victim’s vehicle out of camera view, and another minute later, he was allegedly seen walking from behind the vehicle toward the driver’s side door, again out of camera view, and seconds later, the vehicle was seen backing out.

“[Ford] is the only person near [the victim’s] vehicle prior to it being seen backing out and leaving the area,” Massengil said in the statement. “As the vehicle moves forward, you can see the driver’s left arm and the driver is seen wearing a dark, short-sleeved shirt.”

Ford was allegedly captured on camera inside the store wearing a black shirt.

On June 3, the victim’s vehicle was located by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office and Springfield Police Department on West Battlefield in Springfield. The report indicated a suspicious male was in the vehicle, and when he saw the reporting party on the phone, he allegedly got in the vehicle and drove to the Dollar General store, where the vehicle was found abandoned.

During a search of the vehicle, an ID tag was found bearing Ford’s name, and the photo on the ID matched the surveillance footage of Ford inside the convenience store.

Ford is being held in theBarry County jail on a $10,000 bond. He has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing is scheduled for July 20 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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