At about 6:25 a.m., officers responded to the Monett High School where a 17-year-old student reported his car had been stolen from the parking lot.
The victim told officers he was at the school for weightlifting practice. When he parked his car, he saw a strange man walking around the parking lot. After going inside, he saw the man looking in his car. The keys, a cell phone and wallet were in the unlocked car.
"He went outside to take his keys and lock the car, but it was too late," said Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder. "The stranger was in the car and driving away. The victim sustained minor injuries when he tried to open the door and was dragged through the parking lot."
This crime is classified as a robbery, because the suspect used force to steal the car. The suspect was described as being a white male with dark brown hair, in his mid-40s and weighing approximately 160 pounds. He was wearing a black ball cap and a black jacket.
The stolen car, a silver 2002 Ford Focus station wagon bearing Missouri license plates HD5-N5A, has not been recovered. The car has dents on both sides and damage to the roof.
A composite drawing of the suspect is pictured above. The artist was Jasper County Sheriff's Deputy Robert Appleby.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the Monett Police Department at 417-235-4241 or the Barry Lawrence Crime Stoppers TIPS line at 417-354-8477 or toll free at 1-888-635-8477.
Rewards of up to $1,000 are paid by Crime Stoppers for tips leading to the arrest and filing of charges on felony crimes.