A rash of crime sprees committed throughout Monett in recent weeks have been solved by Monett law enforcement officials.
According to Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder, five juvenile males have been arrested in connection with break-ins. The crimes occurred at the concession stand at North Park in Monett, as well as attempted burglaries and car thefts that occurred in mid-April.
"The boys admitted to breaking in to the concession stand, which was reported on Saturday, April 21," Schweder said. "They also admitted to trying to burglarize Dos Amigos Auto Sales on Broadway."
Schweder said the youth were also responsible for the theft of a green Oldsmobile from a private residence during that same period of time.
The boys, ranging from 13 to 16 years in age, have been turned over to juvenile authorities.
Schweder also said an employee at Arc of the Ozarks reported a 2002 Hyundai Accent was stolen on May 1 from the 400 block of Euclid. Schweder said the victim reported leaving the vehicle unlocked and the keys inside.
Officers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol located and pursued the vehicle near Aurora, leading to the apprehension and arrest of Garien Hamm, 18, of Marionville. He was charged with felony stealing and remains in custody of the Barry County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.
Two people in the vehicle, who officers believe are juveniles, fled the scene.
One juvenile was also arrested in connection with the case.
On May 7, officers received a report from the owner of some property in storage at the Krueger Storage Unit in Monett. The victim reported someone had broken into the unit and stole about $30,000 of air conditioning and heating parts. The parts were subsequently sold for scrap at a nearby recycling center. Schweder said the value received from the recycle center was several thousand dollars.
Two women have been detained under an investigative hold in that case.
Schweder also reported an entire commercial air conditioning unit at a business, located just off Highway 60 in Monett, had been stolen.
"Thieves went in and cut the electrical lines and pipes and stole the entire thing," Schweder said. "Unfortunately, that trend is being seen more frequently here in Monett, as it has previously in other areas."
The Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for tips that lead to the arrest of those wanted for felony crimes. Tips may be submitted by calling 354-TIPS (8477) or toll-free at 1-888-635-TIPS (8477). Tipsters may remain anonymous.
Tips may also be submitted through the Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers website at www.blcrimestoppers.com. Web-based tips are ineligible for a reward.