A Rogers, Ark., man was due to be transferred from the Monett Jail to the Barry County Jail today for two burglaries that took place on Saturday morning.
Gregory D. DeShields, 35, was arrested around 4 a.m. at Wellbaum Tire at 115 Central. DeShields was discovered at that location by Detective Matt Houck, who had been called in to assist with a burglary at Prime Cut, 101 East Cleveland.
According to Police Lieutenant Greg Brandsma, officers received a report around 3:20 a.m. on Saturday that the doors into Prime Cut had been damaged. Responding officers found the doors broken and glass shattered, comparable to damage from having been struck by a vehicle.
Officers investigating the scene found freezers open and meat products on the floor. It appeared that food products may have been taken, Brandsma said. Detective Houck was subsequently called.
While en route, Houck approached Wellbaum Tire and noticed suspicious activity. He stopped and made contact with DeShields, who was at the scene in a van. Houck called for officers to assist him.
According to the police report, DeShields was loading tire rims into his van. The subject told officers he had purchased the rims and had come to pick them up.
While going through the rims in the van, officers found a quantity of meat products under them.
DeShields was subsequently arrested on two counts of second degree burglary. His bond was set at $25,000. He was also arrested for felony stealing from Prime Cut, misdemeanor stealing at Wellbaum Tire and two counts of property damage.
Brandsma said DeShields remains under investigation for another burglary that took place in the city limits.