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by Paula Morehouse and Justin Haase, KY3 News and news@ky3.com | March 28, 2012
ROGERSVILLE, Mo. --  Tonia Kotulski has lived in her neighborhood in southeast Greene County for 15 years.  She never had a problem there until this week. "I thought what in the world, was that just a crime?" said Kotulski. Shortly after putting a bill in the mailbox at her curb, Kutulski saw a woman drive up to her mailbox, open it and brazenly swipe the contents. In spite of her shock, Kutulski immediately went to her bank, where she saw deputies with another woman whose mailbox had also been hit. In all, five mailboxes in the area were targeted on Monday.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News | February 9, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.-- Identity theft has become a huge problem in the digital age, with 20-percent of Americans saying they've been victimized. It's no laughing matter, unless the person who stole your life was in the movie "Bridesmaids. " Local movie review guy Aaron Dicer gives us his opinion on the movie.  Watch the video for his take! Plus, see more of his movie reviews at his Web-site .
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | November 21, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A thief stole thousands of dollars worth of donated baby items for expectant mothers in crisis, and it happened in broad daylight.  The Pregnancy Care Center on East Primrose Street is a place where expectant mothers in crisis come for help.  "Healthy pregnancy classes, relationship classes, budgeting, all kinds of great things to help a young woman move up from a crisis to being in control of her life and planning for...
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Ashley Reynolds, KY3 News and areynolds@ky3.com | February 22, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, --  A suspected thief is dead and a detective is recovering from an early-morning shooting. It all happened Near Grand and Clifton in Springfield. Officer Travis Wilson was grazed in his lower back with a bullet. He was just one of the many officers setting up a search warrant. They believe the suspect stole a truck, wrecked it, then walked to the home. Thanks to the recent ice storm, police could follow the suspect's shoe tracks from the truck to the home. Police say the suspect was involved with a string of burglaries starting at a car lot off Chestnut Expressway.
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by KY3 News | December 9, 2011
FORSYTH, Mo. -- A man from Springfield is being treated for serious injuries after crashing a car during a chase in Taney County early Thursday.  The sheriff says officers tried to pull over Shannon Watts, 26, in Branson because the 2009 Toyota Corolla that he was driving was reported stolen in Nixa. The chase reached speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour before coming to an end on Missouri 76 about five miles east of Taneyville.  The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the car ran off the right side of the road, hit a fence and flipped, throwing Watts from the car.  An air ambulance took Watts to a hospital in Springfield.
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by Linda Russell, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | July 12, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a man from Monett was taken into custody on Thursday after a nearly daylong search that covered a large area of northwest Greene County.  This is not the first time that Howard Perryman, 67, has been charged with thefts from farms. Perryman was charged in Greene County on Thursday with stealing farm equipment, stealing cattle and tampering with a motor vehicle.  The Missouri Highway Patrol says his arrest came after a long investigation carried out by the patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control, and the Barry and Greene County sheriff's departments.
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By Chris Brewer, web editor and Email Chris / Follow Chris on Twitter | September 10, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Police in Springfield took a man into custody on suspicion of stealing someone's wallet at a gas station early Sunday morning. Police say the crime took place at a gas station at 620 N. National Ave. The man who is suspected of taking the wallet fled the scene on a scooter and wouldn't stop, despite officers being easily able to catch up to him. The man ditched the scooter and ran away, but officers were able to catch up...
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by reporter Linda Russell and photojournalist Tim Leimkuhler, KY3 News and lrussell@ky3.com | September 3, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A man's SUV was stolen in broad daylight at a business with his dog inside.  Now, he offers a reward for the safe return of the dog. Doug Clark went to a metal recycling business to recycle his kids' broken trampoline frame last Thursday.  He came away without his vehicle or his family's beloved pug, Dugout. "I used to throw, and he used to go catch it, and I used to play cars.  He used to run like a bunny!" said Addisyn Clark, 5. "He's a part of our family," Doug Clark said.
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Posted by Chris Brewer / Digital Media Editor and Follow me on both Twitter and Facebook | May 11, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Edward John Maher, arrested while living in Ozark in February on weapons and fraud charges, is now in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement after a motion was filed in federal court this morning for his release from the custody of federal marshals. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Missouri, Maher's attorneys filed a motion for Maher's release. The motion asked that custody of Maher be transferred to ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations division.
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Posted by Chris Brewer, web editor and cbrewer@schurz.com | May 24, 2013
NIXA, Mo. - Three people have been taken into custody after a series of vehicle break-ins, one of which was believed to also involve stealing a handgun, and a subsequent chase. According to a news release, deputies with the Christian County Sheriff's Office and officers with the Nixa Police Department were called to Highway CC at 1:18 a.m. after a 911 caller from Turnberry Estates near Ozark reported seeing a man break into a car and take a handgun. The caller to 911 reported being shot at while pursuing the alleged thief at Fremont Road and Route CC, and while maintaining contact with 911. After the caller backed off the chase, Nixa police intercepted the vehicle after it went south on Main from Route CC. Police took three people into custody and recovered electronics from several vehicles, according to the release.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | October 6, 2011
JOPLIN, Mo. -- A thief has made off with a utility vehicle donated to the Joplin High School marching band through a tornado relief fund. Police say the 2009 John Deere Gator and the attached trailer were taken Tuesday afternoon.  The band only had the vehicle since Friday.  They bought it with money raised by other local bands.  That check was presented during a marching competition in Webb City last month. A local dealer is offering to lend the band another one.
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edited news release | September 29, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Crime Stoppers and the Springfield Police Department ask for help identifying the man who stole merchandise from a store at Battlefield Mall and then fought with security officers who tried to stop him.  The crime occurred on Aug. 29 at 4:19 p.m. at Sears. Security saw the man steal merchandise and then leave the store.  They pursued him as he fled to an awaiting silver, two-door sports car driven by a woman.  There was a physical altercation between the thief and security officers until the thief was able to flee in the vehicle.  None of the security officers were hurt.
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by KY3 News | September 7, 2011
HARRISON, Ark. - City police are investigating the theft of keys to 65 vehicles from a car lot.  Andy Yeager says he may have to re-key each of the vehicles. The dealership manager says nothing else was taken and it appears the culprit knew where to look.  Some of the vehicles are locked and can't be moved. ---- KY3 News will have more on this story on KY3 News at 6 on Wednesday.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News | August 15, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo.--  Summer time is always a prime time for thieves.  Property crime rates always rise with the temperatures. Springfield police show that last year, there were 1,025 cars stolen within city limits. So far this year, there has been almost 500. Thefts are seldom caught on tape, but one from last Wednesday was. It was a trailer stolen from the Mexican Villa maintenance shop.  The rightful owner is hoping someone knows who took it. Tony Cascio is one man behind the good food.  He's no chef, but he keeps Mexican Villa up and running.
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by Jeanene Kiesling, KCTV5 News, Kansas City | July 31, 2011
OVERLAND PARK, Kansas, -- A Kansas family is fuming after someone snatched a donation jar that was put out to collect money to help Joplin tornado victims. Last Wednesday in the sweltering heat, Michelle Guenther, along with her son and daughter, stood in a Wal-Mart parking lot-- just as they had done everyday before in the month of July. They had posters and a jug asking people to help the tornado victims, but two men had something else in mind.  With one in a waiting car, a second man walked into the store, waited a few seconds, came out, and started running.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | July 19, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Springfield Police Department said Tuesday afternoon that it's helping the Greene County Sheriff's Department investigate the theft of police equipment, including an AR-15 rifle and a Remington 870 shotgun, possible similar to those in the photographs.  Someone stole the equipment from a Springfield police officer's private vehicle.  The officer thinks the theft was last Saturday or Sunday near the southwest part of the...
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by NBC News and newsalerts@ky3.com | June 28, 2011
LAWRENCE, Mass.-- You hear stories about stealing from City Hall. But maybe not this kind of loot. Police have arrested a man for stealing rolls and rolls of toilet paper from inside the Lawrence, Massachusetts City Hall. Surveillance camera video shows the suspect stealing a box full of toilet paper on more than one occasion. When police took the 53-year-old suspect into the police station, he had six rolls of toilet paper tucked into his pants. Investigators say he's been charged with theft.
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by Jay Scherder, KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | June 8, 2011
  REPUBLIC, Mo. -- City police are reviewing video from a police cruiser and from a plumbing business as part of the effort to track down a man who rammed a vehicle into a patrol car early Wednesday morning.  It happened near Highway MM at James River Freeway (Missouri 360). Officers say the driver stole a trailer from a nearby plumbing business and took off.  An officer spotted the vehicle and pulled it over.  That's when the driver backed the trailer into the patrol car and sped off again.
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by KY3 News and newsalerts@ky3.com | January 12, 2011
BRANSON, Mo. -- A Taney County sheriff’s deputy's badge is missing after a home break-in.  The Branson police chief says it happened sometime over the weekend while the deputy and his family were away. The thief alo took ammunition, jewelry, TVs and clothing.  No weapons were stolen.  Police are investigating leads.
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by Sara Forhetz, KY3 News and sforhetz@ky3.com | January 3, 2011
OSAGE BEACH, Mo. -- City police say they’ve learned criminals can swipe information on a credit card account without ever touching or even seeing the card.  The police chief call it electronic pickpocketing. By getting within two or three feet of a purse or wallet, thieves can use a credit card reading device to steal personal bank information.  It’s a device that any thief can buy on the Internet. Credit card companies tout the new payWave or pay pass systems as the latest and greatest way to get in and out quickly.
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