The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Carthage, Jasper County

February 25, 2008

Carthage police make arrests in burglaries

By Jeff Lehr

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.

Text Only
Carthage, Jasper County

A Missouri Senate committee has endorsed a 1-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation projects. The proposed constitutional amendment passed the House earlier this month. If passed by the full Senate, the measure would head to the November ballot for voter approval. Would you vote in favor of it?

     View Results

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
NDN Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case