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Rash of Burglaries in Appanoose County

By Melissa Lambrecht, March 06, 2018

(Press Release) – Sunday, March 4, 2018 at approximately 12:24 a.m. a Centerville Police Officer observed two people committing a theft of a motor vehicle at the Sinclair John Deere Implement south of Centerville on highway 5. The Officer attempted to stop the vehicle on highway 5 when a pursuit ensued southbound on highway 5 and eventually into the town of Exline.

During the pursuit the Centerville Officer made vehicle to vehicle contact with the stolen vehicle. The driver of the stolen vehicle drove into a pasture and the occupants abandoned the vehicle
in the 200 block of Shariton in Exline.  At approximately 6:30 Sunday morning a Burglary and theft of a motor vehicle was reported from the 100 block of E. Grand Street in Exline. The vehicle stolen from the 100 block of E. Grand was later recovered on Monday, March 5th south of Exline in the State of Missouri, where another vehicle was stolen.

At 11:00 a.m. Sunday morning another Exline resident, also from the 100 block of E. Grand, reported that someone had been inside a vehicle but nothing was reported stolen.  At 9:22 a.m. Sunday, the theft of an ATV was reported in the Numa area from a rural farmstead.  The aforementioned incidents are the most recent incidents of a string of Thefts from Motor Vehicles and Burglaries throughout Appanoose County and Centerville.  Residents are reminded to keep their homes, vehicles, and outbuildings properly secured. An inventory of property with serial numbers, make, model, description, and owner assigned numbers should be kept for inventory purposes.

Residents are also asked to report suspicious activity to authorities.  Anyone with information regarding the Thefts and Burglaries are asked to call the Law Center at (641) 437-7100 or Crime Stoppers at (641) 856-3134.  Information leading to an arrest is considered for a reward.

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