The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Carthage, Jasper County

February 25, 2008

Carthage police make arrests in burglaries

By Jeff Lehr

jlehr@joplinglobe.com

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Two men have been arrested in connection with a Feb. 15 burglary at Crosslines Ministries in Carthage in which computer files with personal information on 2,000 families were taken.

Carthage police arrested Calvin F. Wallis, 23, and Verlin S. Wallis, 19, last week, and felony charges of burglary were filed against both. They remained in custody Monday at the Jasper County Jail with bonds set at $5,000 each.

The defendants are brothers from Carthage and lived within two blocks of the Crosslines Ministries building, according to police.

Many of the items taken from the charity organization, including a computer with files containing the personal information of clients, were recovered, said police Detective Sgt. Randee Kaiser.

“It does not appear that they used any of that information,” Kaiser said. “So we were relieved to see that.”

Other items recovered by police included food, clothing, household items and office supplies, Kaiser said. He said some of the food that was taken was not recovered.

The defendants are believed to have gained access to the building by forcing open a back door, Kaiser said.

In a separate case, Carthage police arrested a 28-year-old man early Monday when officers allegedly caught him inside Wilkinson’s Pharmacy at 1515 Hazel St. Police responded to an alarm at the business at 1:05 a.m. and spotted a man inside, Kaiser said.

Dennis D. Gideon, of Carthage, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and on a misdemeanor warrant from Newton County for alleged failure to display license plates. The Jasper County prosecutor’s office filed a charge of first-degree burglary against Gideon later in the day.

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