Monett man arrested for Cassville vehicle theft

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

42-year-old also being held on failure to appear warrant

A Monett man has been charged for allegedly stealing a vehicle from a home on Highway 112 in Cassville.

Ruben Christy, 42, of Monett, is charged with first degree tampering with a motor vehicle.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Deputy Wesley Kissinger, with the Barry County Sheriff's Office, on June 18, Christy allegedly followed the victim into a residence on Highway 112, then when he left, he took off in the victim's 2004 Oldsmobile.

Kissinger said the victim was able to identify a picture of Christy as the suspect, and the victim did not give permission to Christy to use the vehicle, valued at $3,800.

Christy was arrested on Aug. 16, and he also had an active warrant for failure to appear in Monett. In that case, stemming form a Sept. 16, 2016 incident, Christy allegedly broke a glass door, window window screens, flower pot and dead bolt and door handle at a home on Private Road 2012 in Monett.

He was charged with first-degree property damage. He then allegedly failed to appear in court on Dec. 19, 2016.

For the alleged vehicle theft, Christy's bond is set at $20,000. A disposition hearing was held Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke. A motion for a bond reduction has been filed.

As listed on the Barry County jail roster, his total bond amount is $60,000.

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