A suspect in a string of burglaries has been apprehended and the Jasper County Sheriff's Office says approximately 40 people found items stolen from them in a string of burglaries of storage units that took place last year.
Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser told the Jasper County Commissioners on Tuesday that about 300 people came to the new Sheriff's headquarters last week to look over items recovered after a string of thefts that appear to have taken place from June to December, 2013.
Kaiser said it was unusual that so many people recovered their property after thefts such as these.
“We reconnected 40 people with their property,” Kaiser said. “Detective Ron Thomas said he's been in law enforcement for 30 years and he can't remember the last time that many people were reconnected to their stolen property.”
Kaiser said another viewing for the property has been scheduled for 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 18 at the Sheriff's Office at 231 S. Main St. in Carthage.
He reminds people to bring their police report that includes the description of the property.
Kaiser said the property was stolen in a string of thefts from storage units in the Joplin, Carl Junction and Webb City areas and at least one burglary of a home in the Carthage area.
The Sheriff's Office reported that Brian F. Ashton, 28, of Joplin, was apprehended at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday after a foot pursuit on the west side of Jasper County.
Ashton's bond was set at $10,000 cash after he was charged on Jan. 3 with one count of receiving stolen property.
Aston also will have to pay a $2,500 bond on a warrant for failure to appear at a court hearing on Thursday, Jan. 9, on charges filed on three different occasions in December.
He was charged on Dec. 23, 2013 with one count of theft, then charged on Dec. 26 with one count of theft stemming from a crime on Dec. 8. On Dec. 27 he was charged with one count of receiving stolen property and one count of possession of marijuana. He was released on bond on Jan. 2, but failed to appear at a scheduled court hearing on Jan. 9.
His next appearance in court is today at 9:15 a.m.
Sheriff's Capt. Derek Walrod said Ashton was not the only suspect in the case and more arrests can be expected in the coming days.
“His is just the only name we're releasing until we can get a few more of these people rounded up,” Walrod said. “There are several other suspects we're hoping to find in the next few days and there may be more charges pending as well.”