Law enforcement officials with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, the Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri State Highway Patrol have had a busy few days in Lawrence County.
On Monday, officers with the sheriff's department assisted the Missouri State Highway Patrol in locating and recovering stolen property from as many as five or more reported burglaries.
Officials located the property, which included a large amount of stolen tools and a trailer, in Lockwood.
Lt. Mike Madewell, a detective with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department, indicated that some of the property identified has come from burglaries from several different counties.
Two subjects have been taken into custody, pending formal charges. Additional suspects may be charged in connection to the crimes.
Last Friday, Lawrence County Sheriff's Department officers and Missouri State Conservation agents seized approximately $250,000 in marijuana plants that were found growing on the Robert E. Talbot Conservation Area property, located in the northern portion of the county.
A tip led law enforcement officials to two locations on the conservation property, where a total of 61 marijuana plants were seized and later destroyed.
"We received an anonymous tip from an individual, and between both agencies, we spent two days on 24-hour watch, hoping to catch someone," said Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay. "There was supposed to be a hard freeze the following night, so instead of continuing to watch the plots, we opted to pull the plants and destroy them."
DeLay said there were signs that the plants had recently been tended, and the plots were well maintained.
"It was pretty late in the growing season," DeLay said. "The hard freeze would have killed the plants anyway."
Investigation into the matter continues.
Anyone having information on the person or persons responsible for these crimes is urged to call the Barry-Lawrence chapter of Crimestoppers at 1-888-635-8477 (TIPS) or e-mail the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department at lawrencecosheriff.com.