The Newton County Sheriff’s Department closed January and opened February by investigating several burglaries, break-ins and thefts. One incident is the result of a burglary several weeks prior.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Department closed January and opened February by investigating several burglaries, break-ins and thefts. One incident is the result of a burglary several weeks prior.
Deputies responded at 7:18 a.m. Tuesday to Midwest Auto Sales, where the owner reported arriving to work to find the front gate to the 2190 Coyote Road business was broken, a yellow 2012 Ford Focus being sold on consignment was gone, and another vehicle was damaged.
Video surveillance showed a man getting out of a pickup up 10 p.m. the previous night and walking through the parking lot to the Focus. The man entered the vehicle and drove off the lot onto Coyote and north toward Joplin.
The owner noted that keys to all of the cars on the lot were stolen in a burglary of the dealership Jan. 13. It was surmised that the suspect must have had they key to the car, which was locked.
A resident in the 5700 block of Panda Road near Diamond reported at 7:54 a.m. Monday that someone broke into a vehicle after midnight by breaking the rear driver’s-side window to gain entry. A wallet hidden under the seat was stolen, which contain a debit card and a credit card, a driver’s license, Social Security card and other ID. The loss claimed is $25, with $100 damage.
Someone broke into a vehicle, which allowed entry into another vehicle, in the 13700 block of Pierce Lane overnight Saturday while the residents were inside.
Deputies were called at 5:56 a.m., when the owners indicated that a vehicle parked outside was broken into and a Ruger pistol, holster and two clips were stolen, along with the opener to the attached garage. The garage was opened and someone entered a vehicle parked inside and took a purse containing a checkbook, a driver’s license and $189.70 in cash, and also made off with a coat and a Star Wars Lego set. No one accessed the attached residence. The value of the stolen items is estimated at $1,262.
Also Saturday, a man called deputies to his home in the 300 block of West Garber Street in Fairview at 1:38 a.m. after finding his front door kicked in and his house trashed. Unsure of what may have been missing because of the mess, the victim noted a $1,000 TV was destroyed and $2,000 damage to the door.
Bedroom dressers and drawers were spilled and items scattered throughout. Deputies noted the same with kitchen cabinets and drawers and their contents. The bedroom of the victim’s 2-year-old son was untouched.
A man looking after a residence in the 4200 block of Annetta Lane near Joplin summoned deputies at 3:32 p.m. Sunday after arriving and finding the trailer broken into. Deputies noted items in the trailer in disarray. A tour of the property found the well-house door forced open and items within scattered on the floor. Also, the lock to the garage was found busted on the ground, while tools and other items within the garage were scattered on the floor.
The man was unsure of the amount of damage or what may be missing, but indicated that a newer-model Yamaha scooter had been stolen.
Deputies responded at 4:46 p.m. Monday to a residence in the 10100 block of Birch Drive near Joplin, where the reporting party is a health-care provider for a company that provides 24-hour care to the elderly resident.
She and the resident’s niece determined that $245 cash was missing from the resident’s purse between Jan. 23, 2015, and Jan. 9. Another $286 was taken between Jan. 22 and 23.
They told deputies a 36-year-old Joplin woman who was hired to work overnights and weekends recently was fired after learning she was on probation for stealing and other issues. When confronted, she denied it and pointed out her 14-year-old daughter, but the resident told deputies the girl had not been in her home. No charges have been filed.