One person was arrested for stealing at Walmart Thursday, Neosho police are investigating another incident at the 3200 Lusk Drive store, and officers working with an Illinois police department helped thwart a fraudulent acquisition of about $22,000 in merchandise.

One person was arrested for stealing at Walmart Thursday, Neosho police are investigating another incident at the 3200 Lusk Drive store, and officers working with an Illinois police department helped thwart a fraudulent acquisition of about $22,000 in merchandise.
"A shoplifter was observed stealing by Walmart loss prevention personnel," said Police Chief David Kennedy of the 10:28 p.m. response by officers. "Mitzi Terry, 43 of Joplin, was caught stealing food, clothing and other items."
Eight stolen items valued at $116.39 were recovered.
Police responded to the store earlier at 12:11 p.m. after a transaction with a net loss of an estimated $2,400.
"A guy who came in with a female attempted to purchase four iPads through the self checkout," Kennedy said. "The suspect was trying to pay with cash but was doing the money jumble."
The self checkout associate said the man kept trying to distract the cashier, as he gave her a stack of money after counting it he picked up the already counted money and appeared to be re-counting it. After completing the $2,368.53 transaction he again handed the cashier more money, and the cashier pulled out more money and handed it to the suspect, who then placed the money in his pocket and walked out of the store.
Walmart officials are unsure of how much money the man walked out with, but did report that cash drawer was short $2,400 at the end of the shift.

Video of both the man and the female are being reviewed to determine the identity of the suspects.

Fraud Averted:
Alerted by the Lincoln, Illinois police that a fraudulent delivery was to be made here, an officer was dispatched at 11:49 a.m. to the 800 block of Warnall Place where Kennedy said he intercepted the delivery of eight packages containing $22,000 in electronic equipment from Reliant Technology.

Two people are charged with domestic assault after officers responded at 5:07 p.m. to the 15500 block of Kodiak Road.

Rusty Cooper, 42, and Stephanie Crawford, 32, were arrested after Kennedy said they both physically assaulted a family member with their fists.

Counterfeit $20 bills figured into two Thursday police reports.

An officer responded at 8:51 a.m. to 3005 Gardner-Edgewood Drive where First Community Bank reported receiving two of the fake Jacksons, which Kennedy said came from the bank's Goodman branch.

An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of West Coler Street at 1:25 p.m. when an individual reported that they had received a fake $20 from a bank.

He tried to pass the bill at a convenience store, which Kennedy said was determined to be counterfeit, so he took the bill back to the bank where he received it. The report doesn't specify which bank.

Still under investigation is a 10:12 a.m. response to the 500 block of Pearl Street for the theft of water services and property damage.

The lock was broken off a shutoff water meter, allowing unlawful access to city water, Kennedy reported.

A broken window on a window in an apartment, a loss of $200, was the basis of a 8:57 p.m. police response to the 200 block of North High Street.

Accident:
A Neosho teen suffered disabling injuries in a rear-end collision on South Neosho Boulevard at Patterson near Neosho High School.

Sheila Myers, 58 of Neosho, told officers she was driving northbound around 35 miles per hour in front of Spee-Dee Lube at 3:23 p.m. when she saw kids standing at the crosswalk on the east side of the road. She stopped to allow the kids to cross and her 2005 Pontiac Grand Am was struck from behind by a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Kayla Phillips, 17.

Myers was unhurt and the officer was unable to get a statement from Phillips because she was taken by ambulance to the hospital. Her brother told police later she had broken three different areas in her back.