DOUGLAS COUNTY, Mo. — The Douglas County Sheriff says two arrests have helped him conclude a theft investigation that spanned at least three counties, evening crossing into Arkansas.
Jody Hull, 31, of Sparta, and Jared Day, 31, of Ava, were originally arrested on July 20 following a meth bust. During the arrest, the sheriff says deputies seized property linked to “many…recent stealing cases in western Douglas County.”
In a news release Thursday, Sheriff Chris Degase says the investigation then linked Hull and Day to stolen items from Douglas, Taney and Webster counties.
“Authorities recovered a $12,000 portable cattle panels system that was stolen from Douglas County and was sold to an individual in Arkansas,” writes Sheriff Degase. “Several thousand dollars in stolen cattle panels were recovered in Christian County, which was actually stolen in Douglas and Taney County.”
Authorities say about $8,000 worth of 4-wheelers and various items from a burglary in Christian County were recovered at Day’s home.
The sheriff also says about $2,500 in items was recovered from a burglary that occurred within a few miles of Day’s residence, and another $1,400 in tools stolen from a local business was recovered and returned to its owner.
Anytime we went into another county, the sheriffs had deputies and detectives available to assist us.
Sheriff Degase says the investigation also led to five cattle that Day allegedly stole from a Webster County farm in February.
“Anytime we went into another county, the sheriffs had deputies and detectives available to assist us,” adds Sheriff Degase. He says information from the community helped kick off the investigation.
Day is being held in lieu of $20,000 cash bond; Hull is held in lieu of $30,000 cash bond.