Police: Suspect test drives sports bikes and doesn’t return

NEOSHO, Mo. – Neosho police are looking for a suspect who allegedly test drives sports bikes and never returns.

Authorities allege 21-year-old Dregon W. Charlton of stealing numerous sports bikes in recent weeks. The Neosho Police Department says he meets with a seller of the bike and asks to test drive it. He takes the bike and never returns.

If you have information about Charlton, police ask that you call Detective Cook at the Neosho Police Department at 417-451-8012. The Police Department states all information will be kept confidential.

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Jasper County police arrest two caught stealing mail

JASPER COUNTY, Mo. – Police arrest two people in Jasper County for stealing mail, including an envelope that contained a $1,200 check.

On June 22, a Jasper County Deputy was checking a vehicle under the White Oak Birdge near State Highway 37 and Incline Road when he saw a male sitting in a tall grassy area. Police say he ducked down as if to hide. The deputy made contact with two people in the area, 49-year-old Frederick Foshag of Carthage, Missouri and 49-year-old Heidi Masters of Pittsburg, Kansas. Both had warrants out for their arrest.

While investigating the area, the deputy found opened mail where the two were sitting. Among the mail was a check for over $1,200. The owner of the mail was contacted and the mail was returned.

Pittsburg woman takes stolen vehicle to McDonalds drive-thru

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg police arrest a woman after they say she took a stolen vehicle to McDonalds for breakfast.

Authorities say they received a stolen vehicle report Friday morning at 6:24 a.m. on the 1100 block of S Elm St. in Pittsburg. The victim reported a woman with long white hair got into his 2021 Nissan Altima and drove away. Police say the keys were left in the exterior lock of the home’s front door.

Pittsburg police located the vehicle at around 6:37 a.m. driving north on Broadway Street. Authorities arrested the 55-year-old driver. Before her arrest, it was revealed the woman made a stop at the McDonald’s drive-thru and purchased breakfast. She was booked in the Crawford County Jail for felony theft where she’s held on a $3,000 bond.

Formal charges have not yet been filed.

Kansas hit hard by identity theft during COVID-19 pandemic

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Identity theft rose sharply last year during the COVID-19 pandemic, and no place was hit harder than Kansas.

The Wichita Eagle reports that 43,211 Kansans alerted the Federal Trade Commission in 2020 that someone had stolen or tried to steal their identity. That was 2,272 more cases than in 2019.

Kansas’ 1,802% year-over-year increase was the highest among the states and more than three times the national average. Rhode Island was next, with an increase of 1,002%.

Of all the 2020 identity theft reports in Kansas, 88% were classified as government documents or benefits fraud. The Kansas Department of Labor has cited a barrage of fraudulent unemployment claims since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Joplin man gets prison time for stealing truck at knifepoint

NEOSHO, Mo. – A judge sentences Skylar Gage Wyrick, of Joplin, to ten years in prison for armed robbery.

Wyrick pleaded guilty and Judge Kevin Selby sentenced him for Robbery in the Second Degree. The courts dismissed one count of Armed Criminal Action.

According to a probable cause statement filed by the arresting officer, Wyrick was with the victim of the robbery at the Downstream Q-Store in Newton County on May 3, 2020 when Wyrick entered the driver’s side of the victim’s 2003 Chevy Silverado, in which the two had arrived at the location.

The victim got into the truck, demanding Wyrick to stop. The victim claims the defendant then pulled a knife out and started kicking the victim until he got out of the truck.

Officers found Wyrick in possession of the stolen truck in north Joplin on the same day but located no knife.

“Today’s plea is reminder that our office and local law enforcement are both committed to keeping crime victims safe, making those crime victims whole, and holding individuals responsible for the crimes they commit,” said Newton County Prosecuting Attorney William Lynch.

Detective Veronica Bailey, Officer Darrin Bentley, and Officer Jeffrey Flener of the Joplin Police department investigated the case. William Lynch and J.D. Hatcher of the Newton County Prosecutor’s Office prosecuted the case.