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January 27, 2014

Second suspect in burglary spree dealt prison time

The second of two suspects in a series of burglaries at car dealerships and other businesses in Southwest Missouri was assessed prison time Monday at a sentencing hearing in Jasper County Circuit Court.

Circuit Judge Gayle Crane assessed Tammy L. Landsaw, 49, seven years in prison on each of three convictions for second-degree burglary.

The convictions pertain to break-ins July 7 of last year at the offices of Abbey Title and World Finance in Carthage, and a burglary on June 5 in Carthage. Landsaw pleaded guilty to the three counts Dec. 2 in a plea agreement that dismissed a fourth count related to another break-in July 7 at a State Farm Insurance office in Carthage.

The judge ordered that the terms run concurrently and that the defendant begin paying $1,846.52 in restitution to the victimized businesses within 60 days of her eventual release from prison.

Landsaw, of rural Reeds, and Michael A. Holland, a 52-year-old ex-convict from Joplin, were arrested in July after a multi-jurisdictional probe of burglaries in Southwest Missouri. Authorities said at the time that burglaries at car dealerships in Joplin, Carthage, Neosho, Sarcoxie, Republic and possibly Lebanon bore distinctive marks of having been committed by the same person or people.

John Hofer Dodge and Carthage Ford-Mercury in Carthage and Roper Honda in Joplin were victimized the night of May 19-20. Pinegar Chevrolet in Republic was hit the night of May 24-25, Griffith Motor Co. in Neosho the night of May 31-June 1, and Kenny Neal Ford in Sarcoxie on June 4-5. The suspected targeting of car dealerships ended with a break-in at Frank Fletcher Ford in Joplin on June 9-10.

A burglary at a dealership in Lebanon had a less certain link, according to investigators.

The couple also were scrutinized as suspects in break-ins last summer at Twin Hills Golf and Country Club in Joplin and Neosho Municipal Golf Course. But investigators could not come up with sufficient evidence to charge them with crimes other than the office break-ins in Carthage and the dealership burglaries in Neosho and Republic.

Holland, who had absconded while on parole for burglaries committed in Boone County, pleaded guilty last year to the Abbey Title and World Finance burglaries and was assessed concurrent, seven-year terms.



Still pending

TAMMY LANDSAW still faces burglary and theft charges in Newton County stemming from a break-in last year at Griffith Motor Co.

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