Monett Police responded on Monday to a reported burglary at Wellbaum Tire on Central over the weekend. Owner Gary Wellbaum reported burglars had gained entry by breaking a window. An estimated $150 in cash and a 2009 Nissan Sentra were taken, along with the car's keys. The Sentra did not have a driver's seat.
|A second car was reported stolen from Dos Amigos Auto Sales at 900 E. Broadway. Owner Francisco Soriano reported burglars broke a window to gain entry to the office. Keys to a black 2004 Chevrolet Impala were taken, and the car was driven off the lot. Soriano said the burglary occurred sometime over the weekend.|
The search intensified when officers received a report of a hit-and-run incident at the Monett Middle School around 12:30 p.m. on Monday. Witnesses said a juvenile known to them hit another car. The black car with no license plates involved in the collision was identified as the stolen Nissan Sentra. At least one other person was seen in the car. Officers searched the area but did not locate the vehicle.
Later in the afternoon, officers located two 16-year-old boys who admitted to riding in the stolen car. Both were taken into custody. The driver of the car, a 15-year-old male, was located at his home in Barry County. Officers took him into custody along with his 13-year-old brother.
Both cars were recovered within sight of the home of the driver and his brother near Highway Z, east of Monett.
According to a statement from the Monett Police Department, officers found a bucket in the place of the seat when they recovered the Sentra.
All of the juveniles were transported to the Juvenile Office for questioning.
Officers subsequently arrested a 17-year-old adult male at his home in Monett. He was booked on an investigation of burglary charge.
Information on his case was forwarded to Johnnie Cox, Barry County prosecutor, for the filing of formal charges.