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Monett resident arrested in connection with burglary

Thursday, January 24, 2013

A Monett area resident has been arrested in connection with a burglary at Monett Farm Center, located at 11 County Rd., which occurred on Monday, Jan. 22.

Baltasar Rodriguez, age 19, has been charged with second degree burglary for allegedly stealing change and other small items from the business.

Rodney Roller, store owner, called the Monett Police Department at 8 a.m. to report the business had been burglarized.

While investigating the scene, Monett Police officers received a call from a witness stating a man, wearing a red and white hooded sweatshirt bearing the number 32, was hiding in the bushes north of Schrieber Foods, located at 10 Dairy St.

Shortly thereafter, Police Chief Tim Schweder, who was patrolling in the area, apprehended Rodriguez, who was heading toward his vehicle at Kelly Creek and Front Street. Officers recovered a backpack in the creek bed containing several items believed to be related to the burglary.

Rodriguez is currently being held at the Barry County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bond.

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