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Edited News Release From The Greene County Sheriff's Office | August 21, 2013
Springfield - The Greene County Sheriff's Office has seen a recent increase in incidents of residential mail theft. The Sheriff's Office has taken 39 reports of mail theft since May of 2013.   Suspects are stealing incoming and outgoing mail from residential mailboxes where they then steal identity and financial information to commit thefts and forgeries. On August 8 th , Greene County Deputies arrested 28 year old Derek Wells and discovered a large quantity of stolen mail in his possession.
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by Chad Plein, KY3 News and cplein@ky3.com | November 28, 2011
AURORA, Mo. -- A local company is offering a $2,000 reward for information  that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever stole 20 catalytic converters off its fleet of vans.   Service Vending's vans were sitting outside, right behind the company's warehouse.  The company's president says the building acted like a shield by protecting the criminals from anyone's sight while they went to work. They sawed off the catalytic converters on five panel vans.  Each van has four converters, two on each side of the exhaust.  Thanks to the platinum inside these converters, thieves can get anywhere from $10 to $200 at a scrap yard.
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Brian Vandenberg and KY3 News Producer | April 6, 2011
Federal charges against two people from the Kansas City accused of stealing dozens of handguns from a Springfield business.  Last May, the owner of 417 Guns on South Campbell said someone broke thru the front door while the business was closed, and took off with 36 handguns worth $22,0000 dollars.   Scott Fonseca and Amanda White were indicted Wednesday on federal stealing charges.  When police arrested Fonseca in Kansas, they say he had 8 guns taken...
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Chris Replogle, KY3 News and Twitter: @ky3hogsinsider or on Facebook: @KYTVHogsInsider | April 17, 2012
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - It's another headline that paints Arkansas Razorbacks football in a negative light. Backup linebacker Tyler Gilbert faces burglary charges for his role in an apartment break-in last week.  Police accuse Gilbert and two university students, Jesse Booker and Ryan Graves, kicked in the door of an apartment in Fayetteville.  They are accused of stealing $285 worth of stuff. The Sorrento, Louisiana native is scheduled to go before a Washington County judge Friday.  Gilbert is in his second season with the Razorbacks.
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by Michael Coonrod, KY3 News and mcoonrod@ky3.com | March 9, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Springfield police are dealing with a different kind of theft.  Cpl. Matt Brown says they're receiving several reports each week of stolen license plates. Thieves remove the plates or the renewal stickers to use on another vehicle. Drury University junior Emily Wood noticed her sticker had been removed when she was unloading her car. Brown says the new Missouri license plate registration stickers are designed to prevent this type of theft.  
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by KY3 News | April 15, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- City police officers arrested a man who they think tried to steal cash from a convenience store but was thwarted by a clerk who refused to give him any money.  Police arrested Louis Cook, 42, of Springfield after getting a tip a few hours after the attempted robbery. About 5 a.m. at the Kum & Go store at 529 S. Grant Ave., police say, a customer left the store and then returned as the clerk was counting her money drawer.  The man asked for the money but she refused to give it to him.  The clerk said the man walked outside and then returned, reached over the counter and grabbed money that the clerk had in her hand.  Police say the clerk and the would-be robber struggled and she was able to pull the money away from him while pushing the hold-up alarm button.  The man appeared to flee in a vehicle, which an officer stopped three blocks away on Grant at College Street, but the robber was not in it. Police arrested Cook at a home in Springfield.  Besides being suspected of second-degree attempted robbery, he is also suspected of domestic assault.  He was in the Greene County jail on Friday afternoon. 
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Edited News Release from the U.S. Attorney's Office | January 24, 2012
  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -   Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that an Osceola, Mo., man and woman were indicted by a federal grand jury today for bank fraud and mail theft. These are additional charges in a case that originated when stolen mail was found by a state trooper who followed a trail of blood from a car accident.              David M. Riili, 32, and Lindsey Scott, 23, both of Osceola, were charged in a 19-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo. Today's indictment replaces a criminal complaint that was filed against Riili on Jan. 3, 2012, and adds Scott as a defendant as well as additional charges.
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Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District Of Missouri | August 1, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - David M. Ketchmark, Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Nixa, Mo., man has been sentenced in federal court for participating in a conspiracy to create and cash more than $134,000 in counterfeit checks in a three-state area. The scheme involved stealing mail from businesses in Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma in order to create counterfeit business checks, then using stolen identities to cash the counterfeit checks.
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July 7, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--Pawn shops have used it for years now all scrap metal yards are getting on-board.    It's an online system to track who is selling what in order for authorities to check if they're doing it legally.    Last October Springfield Police assigned an officer to this beat because stealing metal is such a big problem.  Now, it will be even easier for police to find out who the thieves are.    A-1 Custom Muffler and Brake was hit just a few weeks ago, but police arrested the thieves in the act.    Starting now, all Springfield metal companies are taking part in a web-based program called "online leads.
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by Paula Morehouse, KY3 News and pmorehouse@ky3.com | March 21, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The City Council passed an ordinance on Monday night that requires scrap yards and recyclers to record the name of anyone selling more than $50 worth of metal.  The information will be shared electronically with the police department. The move comes at a time when there is an increasing problem with metal thefts.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and by Gene Hartley, web editor and lrussell@ky3.com, ghartley@schurz.com | July 12, 2013
ASH GROVE, Mo. -- Law enforcement officers in Greene County spent all day Thursday on a manhunt in a mission to stop cattle thefts.  The Greene County Sheriff's Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol searched for a man who eluded them in western Greene County.  They believe he's connected to multiple agricultural crimes.  They arrested Howard Perryman of Monett shortly after 6 p.m. It all started with an attempted traffic stop around 6:00...
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By: Shayla Patrick, KY3 and spatrick@ky3.com | July 7, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo -  A police chase in North Springfield results in the an arrest of a suspected car thief. A vehicle stolen from a resident's garage has been returned thanks to watchful neighbors and diligent police work. Early Friday morning one local woman received the shock of a lifetime. "I went out to my car about 5:15 in the morning to get my car and go to work and my garage door was open and my car was gone," said a Springfield resident who is a recent victim of car theft.
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Brian Vandenberg, Edited News Release From The Baxter County Sheriff's Office | July 1, 2013
Mountain Home, AR - A woman has been arrested on breaking or entering and theft of property charges following an investigation into a stolen car motor.  On June 26 th , the Sheriff's Office took a complaint from a man at 2930 Highway 201 South indicating a 4 cylinder automobile motor for a ford passenger car had been stolen out of the back of his truck.  This motor was valued at $800.  The victim told the Sheriff's Office he had...
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by Shayla Patrick, KY3 and spatrick@ky3.com | June 29, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- An increase in burglaries in southwest Springfield has residents and law enforcement officers on high alert. Flashing electronic signs along Farm Road 164 were installed to alert residents, and warn thieves. The flashing messages on these signs might make you double check to make sure your doors are locked and windows are shut. "I have all my kids and my husband so it kind of worries me a lot," said Springfield Resident Jamie Dodson. Dodson lives near a Springfield neighborhood that's being targeted by thieves.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and Email Chris - Twitter: @iamchrisbrewer | June 19, 2013
BUFFALO, Mo. -- The Dallas County sheriff says his department will become more proactive in an effort to stop cattle thefts.  Sheriff Mike Rackley said his deputies will look for vehicles that could haul cattle, especially those on the road at odd hours  -- and could even pull them over. Rackley says he knows the traffic stops might cause a minor inconvenience, but it's a community effort to help catch cattle rustlers.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor / info from news release and cbrewer@schurz.com | June 14, 2013
GREENE COUNTY, Mo. - Deputies with the Greene County Sheriff's Office are investigating the theft of seven head of Angus cattle near Bois D'Arc. According to the sheriff's department, deputies were called to the 9700 block of West Missouri Route 266 to investigate the theft. The owner reported four heifers and three bulls, all registered black Angus, weighing 1,300 to 1,500 pounds, were stolen during overnight hours. Authorities are asking anyone with information to call 911. The Greene County Sheriff's Office also asks cattle ranchers to report cattle thefts immediately.
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edited news release from Pulaski County Sheriff's Department | April 26, 2013
WAYNESVILLE, Mo. -- A county-wide manhunt continues in Pulaski County on Friday for a fugitive.  The search began early Thursday evening and continued during the night.  Chad Lange, 38, is wanted for numerous felony charges, including auto theft and burglary. Law enforcement officials initially began searching for Lange after he was suspected of numerous car thefts and burglaries in the Dixon area over the past week.  The Dixon Police Department, the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies have been actively seeking Lange since warrants were issued for his arrest.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | March 5, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Hiding under a sport-utility vehicle in a parking lot of a north Springfield restaurant didn't pay off for a man accused of theft and fighting with associates from a nearby store. Police say Shane E. McReynolds, 32, tried to steal an all-in-one computer from the Walmart at North Glenstone Avenue and East Kearney Street on Saturday. Loss prevention officers from the store told police McReynolds watched employees, looked around and took the computer from a shelf. The two officers followed McReynolds to an exit, where they walked in front of him and confronted him. According to a probable cause statement, McReynolds dropped the computer and tried to run around one of the employees.
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by Paula Morehouse and Justin Haase, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | March 4, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --  Knocked over, torn apart, and ripped away. That was how Robert Burnett recently discovered several air conditioning units. "This is very, very upsetting. " Upsetting, Pastpr Burnett said, because thieves didn't think twice about targeting a house of prayer. It's the Central Baptist Church in north Springfield where Burnett is the pastor. I'm not surprised," said Burnett.  "I was just wishing and hoping because they were up so high that it wouldn't happen to us, but I guess there's no exceptions.
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February 13, 2013
MARSHFILED, Mo. - Arwen Hartman hoped to have her tax refund by now. Instead, she's having to fight for every dime, and her identity. "I feel like I am never going to have all of me back- somebody else has part of me," Hartman stated. After filing her taxes online, Arwen says the IRS kept rejecting her return.  Even her tax preparer was confused. "They said…my return looked great, I had everything down to the penny. " Frustrated, she took it straight to the IRS office.  That's when she finally got an answer as to why her return has been rejected so many times.
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