Man charged in Purdy MFA theft

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Arkansas man allegedly steals cash, creates MFA gift card

An Arkansas man is facing two charges after allegedly breaking into the MFA building in Purdy and stealing cash and illegally creating an MFA gift card.

Curtis Barton, 33, of Jacksonville, Ark., was arrested Thursday and is charged with second-degree burglary and misdemeanor stealing.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Det. Rob Evenson, with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, between 4:30 p.m. on June 1 and 8:30 a.m. on June 4, Barton allegedly broke into the MFA building in Purdy by breaking the back window of the business. While inside, he allegedly took a bank bag containing $103 and produced an MFA gift card with $500 in credit.

Barton allegedly used the gift card in at least five MFA stores in Missouri and Arkansas, which allowed investigators to capture his photo for identification.

Barton is being held in the Barry County jail on a $20,000 bond. He has been arraigned, and a disposition hearing is set for Oct. 18 at 8:30 a.m. in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke.

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