The Newton County Sheriff’s Department began investigating several thefts and arrested three people after traffic stops in the last days of January.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Department began investigating several thefts and arrested three people after traffic stops in the last days of January.
A resident reported at 4:09 p.m. Sunday the theft of a silver 2005 Dodge Dakota 4x4 from the driveway of a residence in the 6500 block of Palm Road near Neosho. The owner indicated the keys were left inside the vehicle that has Missouri license plates 4MC131.
Also Sunday, a resident in the 5100 block of McClelland Park Road told deputies arriving at 1:58 p.m. that she found her garage doors open and several items moved and placed along the sides of the garage. Only a straight pin nailer, valued at $150, was missing.
An unlocked vehicle allowed the theft of a baseball bag, a bat bag and a GPS valued at $680. That was reported at 11:48 a.m. in the 13600 block of Pierce Lane near Neosho.
In the same block at the same time, another resident reported the theft of an 800-watt amp and a speaker box, valued at $450, from their unlocked vehicle.
A resident in the 19500 block of Kodiak Road near Neosho reported one hour earlier that the back window of a vehicle was busted out and the deputy noted holes in the rear windows on the driver’s and passenger sides of the car, with no indication of how they were broken.
In Friday reports:
• A deputy was dispatched at 1:30 p.m. to Mid-America Precision, 106 Ozark St. in Stella. The owner showed where the rear door to the shop was forced open to gain entry and the rear roll-up door was opened to allow access by a vehicle.
Reported stolen were three welders and 12 argon bottles to power them, a plasma cutter, a pallet of stainless-steel scrap and an electric motor, valued at $9,700. The owner noted the shop forklift was used to load the stolen items.
• A truck driver reported at 10:01 a.m. that he parked his rig on a lot in the 7000 block of Orel Lane near Neosho for about 14 hours. A walk-around before departing revealed the theft of four Crossfire gauges from the duals on the trailer. He estimated a cost of $275 to replace them.
• Colby Wayne Henderson, 26, of Lockwood was arrested for possession of a controlled substance after being pulled over by a deputy at midnight. A deputy observed a vehicle driven by Henderson leave Bykota Trailer Park. The registration checked to another vehicle.
When pulled over in the 4600 block of East 32nd Street near Joplin, the deputy reported Henderson acted nervous. Though denying he had anything illegal, a small bag containing methamphetamine was found lying in the passenger seat.
Henderson offered that he dropped off someone at the trailer park who must have left it behind. He was transported to the Newton County Jail.
In reports from last Thursday:
• Two men were arrested and jailed for driving while revoked.
A vehicle driven by Johnny Johnston, 32, of Noel pulled onto Business 49 from Gateway Drive and in front of a patrol car. A deputy pulled him over at Kodiak Road at 3:52 p.m. A check found Johnston has multiple convictions for driving while revoked (DWR) and driving while suspended. He is charged with DWR and jailed on a $5,000 bond.
• A $1,000 bond was issued to Clifford Potts Jr., 35, of Neosho, who is charged with DWR after being pulled over by a deputy at 8:26 p.m. The deputy observed a vehicle with no taillights on Business 49 near Norway Road and was able to get behind Potts’ vehicle and make the stop on Hawthorne Street after pulling off of Peterson Road.
• A resident in the 12600 block of Kawezze Lane near Neosho told deputies at 3:49 p.m. of being victimized by identity theft. The victim received a bill from Cash Net USA for $673.79 after someone took out a loan in August in the name she used 20 years ago.