September 23, 2004

Sheriff’s Department Investigating Series of Burglaries Across County

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a series of burglaries during the past two months.

Approximately $400 worth of hunting related items were reported stolen from a property north of the Granger/Arbela area. Gregory Whelchel of St. Louis filed a complaint with the sheriff’s office on August 9 after he discovered several items missing from hunting ground that he leases in the area. Items missing from the farm included a Moultrie Game Feeder, Moultrie Motion Camera, and a two-piece ladder for a hunting stand.

A theft was reported at the Jerry Sears residence on August 27 when two turkey decoys were taken from the yard. The items are valued at $40.

On August 30 a burglary was reported at the Bud Garrett residence on Route U and County Road 504. More than $1,000 worth of tools were stolen from a machine shed on the property.

The Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded to a report of a burglary at the Keith and Rosemary Payne residence north of Arbela at the intersection of Route H and Route N on September 20.

The property owner returned home at 11:00 a.m. and found the door of the home had been broken in as well as an adjoining window.

The investigators are asking anyone that may have been traveling in that area during the time of the break-in to contact the sheriff’s department.

The same day a burglary was reported at the Mike Gelbach residence south of Memphis on Route MM. More than $500 in property was stolen from the home including a cordless drill and a trail camera.

On September 21 Richard Nelson contacted the sheriff’s department and reported that his checkbook was missing from his home. Nelson told investigators he believed the checkbook had been taken on September 16 from his residence on County Road 468 north of Granger.

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