ALTON, Mo. -- A former Oregon County sheriff’s deputy is charged with stealing items worth more than $15,000 in more than 10 burglaries at homes, businesses and a state transportation department barn over the past several months. The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Gene Barton on Thursday after a detective says an undercover officer paid him $5,000 for stolen property.
Barton, 47, is charged with four counts of burglary and four counts of stealing. A news release from the Highway Patrol says investigators recovered numerous items at Barton's home.
Barton is charged with breaking into the home of Randall Combs near Alton and stealing a four-wheeler last Dec. 4; breaking into the home of Don Ross in Oregon County and stealing a welder, two generators and a battery charger last Oct. 13; breaking into Brad’s Bike Shop in Alton and stealing four new chainsaws last Oct. 13; and breaking into a Missouri Department of Transportation building near Alton and stealing a plasma cutter, two hammer drills, a hand grinder, and a battery charger last Aug. 13.