Members of the Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers discussed thefts of a utility truck and road signs during the group's monthly meeting on Thursday, May 21.
On May 9, a white Ford F350 with dual rear wheels was stolen from an AgForte facility in Aurora. Reward posters are being placed at various locations with a photo of a truck similiar to the one that was stolen. One of the posters has been reprinted on page 7 of today's newspaper.
Authorities are also looking for the person or persons responsible for the thefts of numbered traffic signs, which were stolen in Lawrence County.
In addition, authorities are continuing investigations of property damage that included the spray painting of gang-style graffiti on garages, fences, school and public property and dumpsters.
By noon last Thursday, the Monett Police Department had already received four calls with reports of graffiti.
According to authorities, the types of gang-related graffiti they are seeing in the area at present include: BSL-
Brown Side Locos; KWB - Killer White Boys; and KOS - Killers On Street. It is believed the gang members' ages range from 12 to 18.
"We need to get information out to the public to raise community awareness of Crime Stoppers existence," said Crime Stopper Chairman John Strong.
Additional discussion included having a Crime Stoppers booth at some of the upcoming area festivals and providing free finger-printing and IDs for children up to age 18. A fundraiser event may be held to help offset costs.
Also noted were the "buckle-up signs" that have been placed in the Monett High School parking lot.
Anyone with any information on the crimes mentioned or any other crimes, are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 417-354-TIPS(8477) or 1-888-635-TIPS(8477).
A reward is offered, and tipsters will remain anonymous.