The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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December 17, 2010

Pair in custody for burglary

Two men are in custody following a robbery in rural Joplin that police say netted over $29,000 in jewelry, cash and firearms.

The suspects — Justin Deal, 21, and Corey Burton, 23, both of Carthage — were arrested Wednesday night in Pittsburg, Kan., according to Jasper County sheriff’s Capt. Derek Walrod.

Both men initially were booked into the Crawford County Jail on charges of possessing stolen property. Burton was transferred Friday afternoon to the Jasper County Jail. Deal remains in custody without bond on a parole violation from the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Walrod said sheriff’s deputies responded at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday to a burglary on South Black Cat Road. Walrod said the perpetrators broke out a window and then opened a door to gain access to the home.

Investigators received a tip Wednesday night that the suspects were at a residence in the 400 block of North Warren Street in Pittsburg. Members of the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department assisted with the arrest.

 “We had information later in the evening that the two suspects were in the Pittsburg, Kansas, area,” he said. “(The suspects) had warrants for their arrest out of Kansas.”

Upon investigation, $27,585.00 worth of the missing merchandise was recovered at the home.

“We did recover almost all the property that was missing,” Walrod said.

He declined to comment on what items were not recovered, and if additional suspects are being sought.

Walrod said the investigation is continuing and that further charges are being sought in Jasper County.

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