Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Joplin man arrested for breaking car windows, stealing

Jasper County Deputies arrested a Joplin man on Wednesday after witnesses said he broke out the windows of four vehicles in the parking lot of an Oronogo church and stole items from those cars while members were worshipping.

The suspect, David C. Reynolds II, 19, Joplin, was arrested after items taken from those vehicles were found dumped behind the Northstar 14 theaters in Joplin. Joplin police collected the items and police arrested Reynolds after recognizing his car from the description broadcast by the deputies.

The Sheriff’s Office gave the following chronology of what happened:

At 10:35 a.m. Sunday, April 25, a Jasper County Sheriff’s deputy responded to 22145 Kafir Road, Oronogo, in reference to property theft. This location is Christ Church of Oronogo.

A witness told the deputy he had come out of the church and heard a car alarm going off. He observed a man running from a car. The subject then ran to a vehicle and left the scene.

The witness said he checked the vehicles on the lot and noticed four vehicles which had their passenger side windows broken.

The witness contacted the Sheriff’s Office.

A number of items were taken from each vehicle, including purses, cell phones, credit cards, checkbooks, cash, two Nintendo DS with charger, a GPS unit with the base and charger, gift cards, driver’s licenses and social security cards.

Joplin Police Sgt. Chuck Niess said a man hunting mushrooms in Turkey Creek behind the theater spotted a number of purses and other items in the creek and called Joplin police, who came and collected the items.

Joplin police called Jasper County because the items belonged to people who lived in the county. Some of the items belonged to victims in the Oronogo church incident.

With the description of the subject as well as the vehicle he was driving, a broadcast was put out to area law enforcement agencies. It wasn’t long until the vehicle and subject were located by a Webb City police officer. He was able to get the registration number and pass along that information to our deputy.

Reynolds was arrested at his residence at 6:30 p.m. for four counts of second degree tampering four counts of stealing. He was transported to the Jasper County Detention Center for booking.