Carthage police officers, following up on a Joplin Police Department call to be on the lookout for suspects in the robbery of a Joplin Walmart store, arrested those suspects near the Carthage Walmart.

Carthage police officers, following up on a Joplin Police Department call to be on the lookout for suspects in the robbery of a Joplin Walmart store, arrested those suspects near the Carthage Walmart.

The Joplin Police Departmen sent a shoutout to their Carthage comrades in arms in a written release about the July 7 incident sent out on Monday.

Arrested were Todd N Woerner, 41, Mount Vernon, and Cassandra N. Eustler, 29, Mount Vernon.

Two juveniles in the vehicle stopped by officers were taken into protective custody and the Jasper County Prosecutor's Office filed charges of first degree armed robbery against each of the two suspects.

JPD said Woerner is in custody as of Monday on $25,000 cash bond, while Eustler's bond was set at $10,000.

JPD said at 7:10 p.m. Friday, July 7, Joplin officers responded to a call about an armed robbery at the West Seventh Street Walmart in Joplin.

JPD said a female employee was working inside the store at the service desk and she was approached by a customer attempting to purchase flowers.

“The customer then placed a gun on the counter from his pocket and told the clerk to give him all of the money in the register,” Joplin police said in their release. “Unable to open the register, the suspect left on foot without obtaining any money or other items. The employee was able to watch what vehicle the suspect got into and left in.”

Joplin police said their officers broadcast the vehicle description to all area agencies.

“Based on that information, Carthage police officers were checking their Wal-Mart to insure that employees were safe and see if the suspect vehicle came there. A Carthage Officer located a vehicle matching the description at the car wash adjacent to the Carthage Wal-Mart. The vehicle left and Carthage PD stopped it for a license plate violation. Detectives with the Joplin Police Department responded to the Carthage car stop.

“The Joplin Police Department appreciates the assistance of the Carthage Police Department in resolving this case with the apprehension of the suspects,” JPD said in its release.

 

Joplin burglaries

Two juveniles are in custody after they were arrested early Saturday on a string of thefts from vehicles in the Cedar Ridge Neighborhood in South Joplin.

Police said at 3:36 a.m., Saturday July 8, officers responded to the area of 4506 West 28th St. The caller found two juveniles going through his vehicle and they ran away when confronted.

“This address is in the Cedar Ridge Neighborhood, an area that has seen repeated thefts from vehicles,” JPD said in its written release. “Responding officers found two juveniles, and one ran on foot. One was detained and the one that ran was found hiding under a truck. Officers identified them as the suspects in the case.”

As officers investigated, they located eight different addresses that had been hit by the suspects and were able to return the stolen property to the owners.

Both juveniles were taken to the Jasper County Juvenile Office on theft charges. One juvenile is also charges with possession of marijuana.

“The Joplin Police Department reminds residents to lock their vehicles and take their valuables inside to help deter these types of thefts,” JPD said in its release.