One or more persons apparently used some kind of hammer to break through the walls of four businesses in the same building sometime overnight Monday and Tuesday, according to Carthage police.
An employee at the Health Lab Network, in the building at 2102 S. Grand St., first reported the burglary at 6:11 a.m. Tuesday.
From there officers found out that the other three businesses in the building, Calton and Associates, Missouri Loan Center and Remax Realty, had all been burglarized and an undisclosed amount of cash and other items were taken.
Carthage Assistant Police Chief Randee Kaiser said CPD officers spent six hours at the scene collecting evidence and leads.
“We still have leads to follow up on,” Kaiser said. “The burglars accessed business by going through the walls of each business and caused a considerable amount of damage to the businesses.”
Kaiser said the suspects used a tool similar to a sledgehammer, but smaller, to break through the walls.
Kaiser said no arrests had been made as of late Tuesday and the investigation was continuing.
A man wanted for failing to register as a sex offender in Lincoln County, Mo., was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly stealing property from a home he had been staying at for some time.
Carthage Police Sgt. Roy Eppard, in a written release, said Matthew Childs, 23, was arrested at 10:56 a.m. on Tuesday at a home at 1702 S. Missouri St., Carthage.
The residents at the home at 533 E. Macon St., said they had come home after being gone for a few days and discovered that Childs had taken several items.
Kaiser said Childs had apparently been staying at the Macon Street home for some time.
The home at 1702 S. Missouri St. was vacant and for sale, police said.
Childs was taken into custody on a Lincoln County warrant for failure to register as a sex offender, and a Carthage city warrant for petit theft.
The Jasper County Prosecutor also charged Childs with felony stealing. Total bond was $13,700.
Kaiser said Childs was being held in the Carthage City Jail until Thursday when he will appear before the Carthage Municipal Judge on the city charge.
Stolen car burned
Carthage police and firefighters responded to a burning car at 7:35 p.m., Saturday in the 100 block of Howard Street in Carthage.
The car was destroyed and officers evacuated people from nearby buildings as a precaution. No other vehicles were threatened.
After the fire was put out, firefighters determined that the fire had been deliberately set and police officers determined the vehicle had been stolen from a rural Jasper County residence earlier on Saturday.
Page 2 of 2 - The investigation continues and no arrests have been made as of late Tuesday in the case.