JOPLIN, Mo. – Police link a Joplin area man to six July burglaries.
The Jasper County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Brady C. Shafer, 29, with 2nd-degree burglary for breaking into the First Baptist Church. On July 18, 2021, at 8:38 p.m., Joplin Police officers and Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to the church for an alarm. It’s located at 41st and Connecticut.
They got there and found a broken window. While getting ready to clear the building, they say a man fled from the church on foot. A Joplin Police Department K9 apprehended the man.
Authorities identified the suspect as Brady Shafer, who identified himself as homeless.
JPD detectives linked Shafer to other burglaries during their investigation.
- Bodegas, 515 S. Main Street- reported to JPD on July 11th
- Bartlett’s Shoe Company, 303 S. Main Street- reported to JPD on July 12th
- New Hope Church, 606 S. Moffet Avenue- reported to JPD on July 17th
- St. Phillips Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers Avenue- reported to JPD on July 18th
- South Joplin Christian Church, 1901 S. Pearl Avenue- reported to JPD on July 18th
Detectives are asking the prosecutor’s office to charge Shafer with burglary-related charges for these incidents. Shafer is at the Newton County Jail.
If you have information about these incidents, you can call the Joplin Police Department at 417-623-3131
According to court documents, Shafer is also facing a controlled substance charge from June and has a failure to appear warrant that was issued five days ago.
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