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Crime Stoppers Seek Citizen Help

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Members of the Barry-Lawrence CrimeStoppers and the Barry County Sheriff's Department are turning to citizens for assistance.

On Sept. 2 the Central Crossing Fire Protection District's Fire Station #7 near Shell Knob was burglarized, and nearly $30,000 worth of equipment had been stolen. The fire station is located in the Piney Creek Wilderness Area.

Some of the items taken included radios, air packs, air tanks, protective clothing, tools, attic ladders, flash lights and numerous other items.

According to CCFD Fire Chief Rusty Rickard, most of the stolen items carry tags or engravings of the initials CCFD and inventory numbers.

Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly said his department has sent alerts to several surrounding counties to help get information out in case someone tries to sell the equipment.

"It's sad that someone would steal from a fire department or any emergency personnel like this," said Epperly. "We sincerely hope to catch whoever did this and see that justice is served."

The Barry-Lawrence CrimeStoppers is offering a award of up to $1,000 for any information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the fire station burglary.

CrimeStoppers update

According to Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder, authorities are still looking for Christopher B. Kessinger. Kessinger is a white male with brown hair, green eyes and weighs approximately 145 pounds.

Kessinger is wanted on a Barry County felony warrant for possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor warrants.

Anyone who may have information about Kessinger or the Central Crossings burglary is encouraged to contact the Barry County Sheriff's Department at 417-847-3121 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-635-TIPS (8477). Tipsters can remain anonymous.

On Sept. 7 Margo Marie Belisle was arrested by the Monett Police Department as a result of a CrimeStoppers Tip. Belisle was the subject of a Barry-Lawrence CrimeStoppers feature in August.



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