Woman charged with burglary in Shell Knob

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Victim hid in bushes while suspect stole $1,800 in property

A Carthage woman is charged with multiple counts of stealing and burglary after allegedly breaking into a Shell Knob home while the homeowner hid in the bushes and observed the burglary.

Savella Elmore, 37, of Carthage, is charged with five counts of stealing, one count of stealing - $750 or more, second-degree burglary and armed criminal action.

According to a probable cause report, Elmore allegedly entered a home on Farm Road 1252 near Shell Knob at about 7 p.m. on April 6 while the homeowner was hiding in the bushes in the front yard observing the incident.

Elmore allegedly stole $1,849.20 worth of property and five debit/credit cards from the residence.

Items stolen included a speaker/radio, two laptops, an iPad, a cell phone, a Harley jacket, a white collar jacket, a dash cam, two Victoria Secret hoodies, a watch set, a canvas bag, a jewelry box with about 30-35 rings, miscellaneous jewelry and a wedding band set, three menís watches, an emerald necklace and earring set, a purple bag with tools, a necklace, bracelets, three cell phone chargers and the five debit/credit cards.

Elmore entered the home with a large knife in hand and was calling the name of the homeowner. The incident was recorded by video, and the homeowner watched Elmore leave the scene with the stolen property.

Elmore has prior felony convictions, including forgery and first-degree tampering.

Elmore was being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $40,000 on Monday. She was arraigned Monday, and a bond appearance was scheduled Tuesday.

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