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Police make arrest in armed robbery, burglary

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Monett Police working with Barry County deputies and citizens in Aurora arrested a Monett man on Jan. 1 in connection with an armed robbery and a separate burglary in Monett.

Ronald Scott Adams, 43, was arrested outside a Monett residence on Jan. 1 after a brief pursuit by police. He is being held in the Barry County Jail on a $75,000 bond for alleged first degree robbery and burglary.

According to Police Chief Tim Schweder, a 73-year-old Monett woman was getting money at the automatic teller machine at the Bank of America branch on Broadway on Dec. 26, 2010. She was approached by a man wearing a black stocking cap and a hoodie and carrying a crowbar. He threatened the woman, demanding money. She gave him her wallet and watched him leave in a dark green four-door car with no license plates.

This was the first armed robbery in Monett since Dec. 31, 2007, when the Rapid Roberts store was robbed by a man at gunpoint.

On Jan. 1, the Barry County Sheriff's Department contacted Monett dispatchers to report a truck belonging to the Area Workshop had been found abandoned on Farm Road 2025. A safe was in the back of the truck and had been forcibly opened.

Investigating officers went to the Area Workshop office at 204 S. Central where the truck had been parked. They determined the office had been burglarized sometime between 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2010, and Jan. 1.

According to police reports, the office had been ransacked. The pop machine had been broken, and the safe had been stolen. Officers collected evidence and determined other items, including a credit card, had also been taken.

The credit card was subsequently used at an Aurora business. The clerk at the business remembered the user had matched the description of the assailant at the bank and was driving a green car with no license plates.

Later in the day Monett officers saw a vehicle matching the description and pursued it. Two men and a woman fled from the car on foot into a nearby house. The subjects eventually exited the home and were taken into custody.

Officers got a search warrant for Adams' residence and found evidence linking him to the burglary and robbery.

Adams had also been arrested in the 2007 Rapid Robert's armed robbery for which his brother was convicted. The brother is currently serving time in a Texas jail.

Adams has a criminal record dating back to 2001, including 22 felony arrests and nine felony convictions. He was convicted for the Sept. 4, 2001, armed robbery of the Movie Gallery in Monett when he threatened the clerk with a shotgun.

Lead investigators on the case were Monett Detectives George Doud and David Haskins. They were assisted by Sgt. Kermit Howell, Sgt. Dennis Camp, Officers Bryan Brown and Jeff Martinson and Mike Cooper, a reserve officer with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.

"This is another example of how crimes are solved by the community and the police," Schweder said. "If it had not been for the clerk in Aurora, we would not have been able to link the two cases. We also had an independent witness in the robbery. Once officers had the information, they did a fantastic job following up and getting charges filed."

Schweder said citizens can help police by calling the Crime Stoppers tips number at

354-8477.



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