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By: Emily Wood, KY3 News and ewood@ky3.com | July 26, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Multiple homes were burglarized in and around Springfield last week while families were away at loved ones' funerals.  Investigators in three different counties are still working to find those responsible.  In the meantime, funeral home directors are looking for ways to protect the grieving families. Ron Smith thought burying his mom would be the most hardest part of the grieving process.  Then something else happened Thursday during the service. "At 12:30, alarms on my sisters house started going off, which was when visitation started," Smith said.
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by Shayla Patrick, KY3 News and spatrick@ky3.com | September 24, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The allure of finding out what's behind heavy steel doors is getting the best of some crooks in the Springfield area. "We have these on a regular basis throughout the year but, in the summertime, more people are out and it's easier to get around so they happen more often in the summer time," said Springfield Police Lt. Kevin Grizzell. Police say more storage unit facilities have been hit this summer and thieves are cashing in on their findings. "Usually, because they can watch the place and they can get in there when there is no one else around and they can cut the locks off and steal stuff and pawn it or sell it on the streets, it's just quick easy money," said Grizzell.
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Emily Wood and ewood@ky3.com | July 24, 2013
Grieving Families in at least three counties have now come forward after their homes were burglarized last week during loves one's funerals.  The families' stories of loss share some telling similarities, including the types of items thieves stole, as well as multiple sightings of a dark-colored Jeep. There were several services at Klingner-Cope at White Chapel last week north Springfield.  While family members were there saying their final goodbyes, they said burglars were at their homes stealing precious memories.
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edited news release, Baxter County Sheriff's Office | December 29, 2011
MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark .-- A man from Mountain Home is in the Baxter County Jail, charged with stealing from Thee Salesville Bible Church. Steven Joseph Vantine, 28 years old of rural Mountain Home, who is already in the Baxter County Detention Center on other charges, now faces additional charges related to the burglary of Thee Salesville Bible Church that was reported on December 21 st .   It was discovered that...
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News | December 28, 2010
HARTVILLE, Mo.-- Deputies in Wright County have caught who they say are some real-life Grinch's trying to steal Christmas. KY3 News first told you last week about the 20-or so homes in rural areas that were hit by smash- and-grab thieves. So far two people have been caught, and the sheriff believes there are more arrests to come. Sheriff Glenn Adler got many of the Christmas presents back and says the best part was playing Santa Claus to several families. "I left the house at 10:53a.
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by Linda Russell and KY3 Reporter | April 8, 2011
SPARTA, Mo.-- Bold burglars are still on the loose in the Christian County town of Sparta.  Their most recent target- a safe at City Hall. City Hall is the most recent target, but even schools and several businesses have been hit.  It has everyone in Sparta wondering who's targeting their town. When massage therapist Sarah Ellison went into work one morning, she soon discovered someone else beat here there.  "They had come in through the back and kind of rummaged through everything, which kind of feels violating," Ellison says.
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Emily Wood, KY3 News and ewood@ky3.com | December 27, 2011
Springfield, MO. -- Springfield Police have tracked 179 home burglaries citywide since the day after Thanksgiving.  They say the spike in crime is due to the holidays. "For them it's a shopping spree.  Like you and I would go to Walmart and go up and down the aisles looking for a certain TV or something we want, they do the same thing when they're casing a neighborhood," said Corporal Matt Brown of the Springfield Police Department. Brown says the biggest problem is people leaving electronics boxes and other gift-related items on their curbs for trash pickup.  "They're driving up and down city streets," Brown said.  "Looking for somebody's home that they can break into based on what they see at the curb.
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by Linda Russell and photojournalist Mike Coonrod, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | September 10, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- A rash of business burglaries on one of Springfield's busiest streets has shop owners on high alert. The burglar at Greene County Damaged Freight and Foods early Sunday morning boldly busted out a plate glass window.  "Had no fear, that's for sure," says Nancy Heape. He was on camera the whole time, even during the slip and fall that knocked down his hood.  He is a white man with a shaved head and dark facial hair, wearing a black hoodie and baggy blue jeans.
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by Mike Landis, KY3 News and mlandis@ky3.com | October 15, 2010
BRANSON, Mo. -- From Main Street to the "Strip," tourists and locals have watched Branson grow up. “We are still a little community but there is still a lot of people coming in and out of Branson,” said resident Krysta Davis. With more people comes more crime.  Residents and authorities are concerned with a nearly 75-percent spike this season in car break-ins.  Investigators say 43 cars have been broken into since August alone. “They’ve been all hours of the day and night, all locations throughout town,” said Branson Police Chief Caroll McCullough.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | October 21, 2012
VIENNA, Mo. -- The Maries County Sheriff's Department arrested several people for a string of burglaries in the Dixon area.  Video surveillance on one of the properties that was hit several times captured several images of burglars. The Maries County sheriff says, after publicizing the photos, the public was able to identify the people, and officers arrested three of them.  More arrests are possible.
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by Christ Brewer and Paula Dowler, KY3 News and Follow Chris on Facebook and Twitter | August 22, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -  The Greene County prosecutor has charged a man with burglary, stealing, and tampering, among other charges after allegedly breaking into vehicles in a south Springfield neighborhood Wednesday morning. Deputies were called to a neighborhood just west of the Twin Oaks Country Club around 5:40 am. When they arrived, they saw the suspect run off into a wooded area. Law enforcement searched the area and later found 22-year-old Drake Points hiding inside a garage near Holland and Buena Vista.
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by Gene Hartley and ghartley@schurz.com | August 21, 2012
FORSYTH, Mo. -- Four people are charged with slashing horses on a farm near Hollister.  Amber Askins, Antwan Brown, Chadd Smith and Chris Miles are charged with burglary. Investigators believe the four people broke into a horse stable and attacked the horses there.  Prosecutors say they could face additional charges.
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Posted by Chris Brewer and Digital Media Editor | August 7, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- City police are investigating burglaries at two RadioShack stores that occurred early Tuesday.  The burglaries were reported to police at 2:40 a.m. at the RadioShack at 2601 N. Kansas Expwy., and at 4:08 a.m. at 3530 W. Sunshine St. Springfield Police Dept. spokesman Cpl. Matt Brown said it appeared a white man wearing a bright green shirt, jeans, a hat and gloves threw a brick through the glass front door and entered the store, taking an undisclosed amount of equipment.
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by Chris Brewer, Digital Media Editor and Follow Chris on Facebook and Twitter | July 12, 2012
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- A man from Dixon who had three no-bond warrants is jailed after being charged with stealing a truck from the Pulaski County Water Service District on Wednesday. Chad Lange, 38, faces charges of second-degree burglary and theft of a motor vehicle after Pulaski County deputies found a Public Water Service District #3 truck parked at the home of Lange's ex-wife. Deputies initially responded to the water district office on a burglary call and found the front door forced open and the truck missing.  Deputies then canvassed the neighborhood and spoke with people who saw a man on an all-terrain vehicle near the building.  Others told deputies that they saw a man matching Lange's description with the truck, a 2001 Dodge pickup.
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Posted by Kristy Schiebel and newsalerts@ky3.com | May 14, 2012
MOUNT VERNON, Mo. -- Sentencing today for two Lawrence County brothers after they admitted to setting fires to abandoned homes and hay bales last fall.  Christopher and Matthew Smith both pleaded guilty to charges of arson and burglary this week. Former Halltown volunteer firefighter, Cody Gossett is also scheduled to be in court today on arson charges.  He's pleaded not guilty.
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Chris Replogle, KY3 News and Twitter @ky3hogsinsider or on Facebook @KYTV HogsInsider | May 12, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - The Arkansas Razorback football program is again is making off-the-field headlines. Three football players face charges after university police accused them of burglarizing dorm rooms.  University of Arkansas police arrested Marquel Wade, Maudrecus Humphrey and Andrew Peterson Saturday after viewing security camera video.  Police reports claim the crimes date back to May 1. Six Razorbacks have been arrested this off-season. ...
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by Chad Plein, KY3 News and cplein@ky3.com | April 19, 2012
FORSYTH, Mo. -- Less than a year after Danny Waggoner was shot during a burglary at a home near Powersite, he received the maximum prison sentence.  Circuit Judge Mark Orr gave Waggoner three concurrent sentences, with the longest being 20 years, for burglary, tampering with a motor vehicle and armed criminal action.     Peggy Melton, the woman who shot Waggoner at her home last June, wanted justice, but she also hopes Waggoner will have the chance to come out of prison a better person.  Waggoner must remain in prison for at least 85 percent of the 20-year sentence before being eligible for parole.
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Doug Owen, KY3 News | April 16, 2012
LEBANON, Mo. -- The Lebanon Police Department is investigating a break-in and burglary at a local church. Early Sunday morning, the pastor of Real Life Church, located at 2021 S. Jefferson Ave. called for help after discovering a door had been pried open. Church members say thieves took a bag of money from a concesssion stand the congregation operates.  Nothing else was reported missing.
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by Paula Dowler, KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | March 7, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- In the last six weeks, Greene County sheriff's deputies arrested 24 burglary suspects caught in the act.  The arrests were the work of a temporary task force put together in mid-January by Sheriff Jim Arnott in response to a rash of daytime home burglaries in areas of Greene County outside Springfield. The task force was comprised of detectives, patrol officers, and employees from the civil and corrections division.  The sheriff's department used warnings given through the media as well as electronic signs to alert neighborhoods to suspicious behavior.  Greene County says it received many calls, including several of those reporting burglaries in progress.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | February 22, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A man who was arrested on Tuesday is now charged with resisting arrest by fleeing.  Greene County sheriff's deputies say Jason Capps of Springfield led them on a chase from north of Springfield, winding through the city and eventually ending on Sunshine Street at Oak Grove Avenue. A Greene County deputy started following Capps near Highway H at Highway AA when the officer learned Capps had an outstanding warrant and was suspected of burglaries in rural areas of the county.  The chase into the city reached speeds as high as 100 miles per hour.  Police were finally able to use a spike strip to deflate one of the tires on Capps' vehicle.  They had to use an electric stun gun to subdue Capps and take him into custody after he tried to flee on foot.
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