Newton County sheriff’s deputies recovered a number of stolen vehicles in separate incidents last Tuesday.

Newton County sheriff’s deputies recovered a number of stolen vehicles in separate incidents last Tuesday.
A deputy responding at 8:12 p.m. to an abandoned vehicle report found a black Toyota Tacoma in a ditch just east of Highway HH on Owl Road. The vehicle had been reported stolen by Neosho police from the 800 block of Stratford Place the day before.
While waiting for a tow truck, an anonymous passerby told the deputy about seeing a female get out of the pickup at about 2:30 p.m., grab a backpack from the vehicle and start walking.
At 3:25 p.m., a deputy looking for two runaway juveniles located a 1994 Nissan Sentra at Jacob Lane and Old Scenic Drive near Neosho. That vehicle was reported stolen July 15, 2015, from South Range Line Road in Joplin.
The deputy reported finding two other vehicles at that location that were flipped on their tops and had been stripped. One of those was a 1998 Honda Accord stolen from a Willow Springs resident while parked on West Sunshine Street in Springfield in 2014. No information was provided about the other car.
At 9:44 a.m., deputies responded to Phoenix Lane and Aspen Road near Diamond to a report of a Penske Rental truck stuck in mud. The reporting party advised that a game camera was stolen from near where the truck was stuck. The truck, reported stolen from Joplin, sustained significant damage to the interior and the exterior.
Not far away, the deputy located a 2006 GMC Sierra in a pond of water near the Youngblood home. That vehicle was reported stolen from the Crossroads dealership in Joplin. A John Deere tractor, apparently used to try to pull the truck out of the mud, also was located.
The deputies attained and served a search warrant on the Youngblood home, where they found Kyle Youngblood, 21, hiding and found the missing game camera in his bedroom. Youngblood admitted putting a stolen tailgate and speakers on his truck, but threw blame on his 27-year-old brother for the stolen vehicles.
Youngblood was arrested on Newton County warrants and is charged with two counts of receiving stolen property. A similar charge against his brother is on hold, according to the prosecutor’s office.
Youngblood remains jailed on a $6,000 code bond on the charges. He is held on a total $6,000 additional code bond on three failure-to-appear counts, two for distribution of a controlled substance and one for possession of a controlled substance.
The following day, a resident in the 23500 block of Birch Drive near Granby reported at 5:30 p.m. the theft of a 1968 John Deere tractor, front-end loader and brushhog, as well as a battery charger, an air compressor, a drill press and a floor jack, valued at $9,390. The report indicated the items were recovered during the search warrant of Youngblood’s home Tuesday.
In other sheriff’s reports:
• Travis Nivens, 30, of Neosho was arrested and charged with resisting arrest at 11:16 a.m. Thursday. A deputy initiated a traffic stop at Neosho Boulevard and Walnut Street where Nivens, who was on probation, bailed out of the vehicle and ran. The deputy detained him after deploying a Taser.
Nivens is held on a $1,500 code bond and held without bond on a Lawrence County warrant for possession of a controlled substance.
• Two reports of stealing initiated in two days came from the 6400 block of Old 60 Drive near Neosho. A deputy responded at 8:54 p.m. Tuesday when the victim reported hearing someone outside and looked to see a subject near the carport.
The resident went inside to get a shotgun as the subject took off running. The victim fired a shot in the air. Several items, including a bag filled with hunting gear, were found in the yard. A drill, an impact gun and a deer camera, valued at $500, were stolen.
• A deputy responded at 3 p.m. Wednesday when the victim reported that several items and some change, valued at $100, had been stolen from an unlocked pickup.
• No sign of forced entry was noted in theft from a vehicle reported at 6:01 p.m. Wednesday. A deputy responded to Dollar General, 7185 Gateway Drive near Tipton Ford, where the victim reported going into the store for 15 minutes.
When she returned, her purse, valued at $50, was missing. Its contents included $300 cash, three Social Security cards, her driver’s license and a wallet valued at $10.
• A resident in the 2300 block of Holly Road near Seneca reported at 7:47 p.m. Wednesday that a hole was cut in a door to gain entry to the residence, where a bucket filled with Nintendo games and a television, valued at $285, was missing.
• No tampering charge has been filed on a 25-year-old Seneca-area woman accused of stealing service from and damaging the equipment of New-Mac Electric Cooperative. A deputy responded at 10:07 a.m. Thursday to the 21300 block of Highway Y, where the co-op had disconnected service.
The deputy noted damage to the electric box estimated at $200. Electric service was re-connected in a way to keep the usage reading from going to the box.
• A resident in the 1300 block of Rainbow Drive near Joplin reported at 12:47 p.m. Sunday that two tires on a pickup were slashed with some kind of blade. The loss is estimated at $180.