Local officials discuss recent spate of crime

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Storage units, vehicles, construction sites all targets

Law enforcement officials are investigating a spate of local crimes that have crossed city boundaries and county lines.

Purdy Police Chief Jackie Lowe reported several thousand dollars worth of DeWalt tools, along with a generator and laser rotary tool, were stolen from the R.E. Smith Construction had been taken from the site of the FEMA project at the school. Newton County authorities contacted Lowe and identified several Purdy suspects that were involved in a similar incident in that county.

Det. Dave Haskins, with the Monett Police Department, reported several storage building burglaries that had taken place within the past few weeks, along with approximately 24 vehicles that had been tampered with on Feb. 10. Thieves took purses and wallets froth vehicles and tossed them in nearby dumpsters after rifling the contents.

Crime Stoppers board members approved a $50 payout for information that led to the apprehension of Stanley Misener, who had failed to register as a sex offender and was wanted for second degree domestic assault.

The Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for tips that lead to the arrest and filing of charges for those wanted for felony crimes. Tipsters may remain anonymous. To leave tips, call 354-TIPS (8477) or 1-888-635-TIPS (8477).

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