Firearm pulled in Purdy burglary

A Butterfield man is facing a felony charge after allegedly attempting to steal items from a home being built in Purdy, caught and confronted by area residents.

Timothy Plopper, 34, of Butterfield, is charged with second- degree burglary and misdemeanor second-degree property damage.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Michael Stribling, a deputy with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, on March 30, Plopper and another suspect, listed as ‘Suspect No. 2’ in the statement, allegedly knowingly entered the victim’s residence in Purdy, which is in the process of being built.

Stribling said Plopper backed his vehicle into the entrance of the garage while Suspect No. 2 attempted to deprive the victim of various tools.

The two individuals also allegedly caused about $200 in damage by entering the residence and stepping on concrete base that had not fully set.

Plopper and Suspect No. 2 were allegedly caught by two witnesses, and when Suspect No. 2 attempted to leave the residence in Plopper’s vehicle, Witness No. 1 used his vehicle to block the suspect from leaving, resulting in Plopper’s vehicle becoming stuck in gravel.

The victim then arrived on the scene and pointed his firearm at Plopper and Suspect No. 2, giving them commands to get on the ground.

Plopper and Suspect No. 2 fled the residence on foot. Plopper was arrested on April 15, and he is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $15,000.

He was arraigned on April 16 in the courtroom of Judge Robert Foulke, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 18 at 9 a.m. in Foulke’s courtroom.

Plopper has multiple prior convictions, Stribling said, including tampering with a motor vehicle, tampering with a victim, resisting arrest and second-degree burglary.