By Jeff Lehr
CARTHAGE, Mo. —
Detectives are working to tie parolee Michael Holland and his girlfriend, Tammy Landsaw, to burglaries in at least six jurisdictions in Southwest Missouri.
Holland, 52, and Landsaw, 48, were arrested Tuesday morning and charged with break-ins this week at three businesses in Carthage.
Carthage police have acknowledged that Holland and Landsaw already had come to the attention of investigators looking into numerous burglaries of a similar nature in the region, in particular a string of break-ins at car dealerships in Joplin, Carthage, Neosho, Sarcoxie, Republic and Lebanon.
Holland and Landsaw are being held at the Jasper County Jail on $15,000 surety bonds and $5,000 cash-only bonds. Greene County has placed detainers on the suspects with respect to a break-in at Pinegar Chevrolet in Republic the night of May 24-25. The detainers carry additional $25,000 bonds.
Cpl. Chuck Niess of the Joplin Police Department confirmed Thursday that Holland and Landsaw remain persons of interest in a burglary at Roper Honda in Joplin on May 19-20. A safe was broken into and an undisclosed amount of cash stolen in that crime.
Niess said detectives also are looking at the pair as persons of interest in a more recent burglary at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club in Joplin. Someone forced open a door to the pro shop early Sunday morning and stole undisclosed amounts of cash from two offices. A similar burglary took place the same night at the Neosho Municipal Golf Course.
Records of the Missouri Department of Corrections show that Holland was on parole for two burglary convictions in Boone County, but was recently declared an absconder.
He had served a little more than 16 months of two concurrent, four-year terms when he was released on parole near the end of May in 2012. That parole was revoked briefly in November of last year. He was released on parole a second time in December and sent to Johnson County, Kan., where a detainer was held on him at that time.
Michael Holland had been reporting to the parole and probation office in Jasper County before being declared an absconder on March 29. He also has burglary and stealing convictions in Jackson County from 1989 and 1992.