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Douglas County sheriff returning about $200,000 worth of stolen items, 5 facing charges

Deputies say they've recovered a bulldozer, four-wheelers, two trucks

September 06, 2011|Emily Rittman, Ben Knaup | Reporter, Photographer

Douglas and Webster County —

Douglas County sheriff says investigators uncovered a large theft ring that spans several counties. Five people are facing charges. Sheriff Chris Degase says he expects more arrests and charges.

List of Individuals Facing Charges:

Frankie Dwain Rogers, 54, of Sparta- Felony receiving stolen property

Daniel R. Lakey, 26, of Ava- Two counts of tampering with a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property, sale or possession of equipment or parts with altered identification numbers

Clinton Mitchell, 32, of Ava- Possession of a controlled substance, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, receiving stolen property, possession of methamphetamine precursor drug

Amanda Hardesty, 22, of Ava- Possession of a controlled substance, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, possession of methamphetamine precursor drug

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Adam Carroll Haynes, 37, of Fordland- two counts of receiving stolen property

On August 23 around 6:30 p.m., Douglas County Cpl. Loveless and Deputy McCleary investigated a reported assault involving a weapon on west 14 Highway near the Douglas and Christian County line. "The next day we did find the victim he did sustain a gunshot wound to the left buttocks," Degase said. The assault remains under investigation.

Degase says during that investigation, deputies recovered a stolen 2010 Dodge flatbed pick-up the owner reported stolen in Douglas County on July 20 of this year. The flat bed was a Bessler brand, used to haul round bales had been removed from the frame of the truck. Around the same time, Webster County Sheriff’s Office told the sheriff they recovered a 2001 Dodge flat bed that had been reported stolen out of Douglas County on the same date. Webster County authorities reported the bed had also been removed from the vehicle.

Degase says investigators in several counties began working the case together. Deputies recovered a bulldozer from a remote farm in Douglas County that had been stolen since 2008 from Newton County. The bulldozer was uninsured and valued at $85,000. The bull dozer was returned to its owner. The owner had been making payments on it since it was stolen. Charged in connection with this stolen bull dozer was Frankie Rogers age 54 of Sparta. Rogers was taken into custody by the Christian County Sheriff’s Office at the request of Sheriff Degase on August 25 for questioning. Rogers was placed on a 20 hour hold and a warrant was issued on August 26 for Receiving Stolen Property and his bond was set at $15,000. Rogers posted bong the same day.  On August 30, 2011, Daniel Lakey age 26 of Ava was arrested for Receiving Stolen Property for his involvement regarding the stolen bulldozer. 

Lakey was also charged with Tampering in the First Degree for being in possession of a stolen Arctic Cat four wheeler, of which he was a suspect in the case in 2005 here in Douglas County. Two four wheelers were stolen from Taney County and one of the four wheelers was recovered in Douglas County in 2005, however the one found in Lakey’s possession was altered and hid to avoid its seizure.  Lakey was also charged with Possession of that four-wheeler and its VIN numbers were altered.  Lakey was also charged with another count of Tampering in the First Degree for his involvement regarding the theft and removal of the bed from the 2010 Dodge flatbed pickup recovered by Deputy Loveless.  Lakey is currently incarcerated on a $65,000 bond.

On August 30, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office served search warrant on a residence in Western Douglas County in connection with the theft ring and stolen property. The residence was occupied by Clinton Mitchell age 32 of Ava and Amanda Hardesty age 22 of Ava and their two small children. During the search, a Yamaha dirt bike was seized that had been stolen out of Webster County. Also seized during the search was a substance that field tested positive for methamphetamine.  Mitchell was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a Child in the First Degree, receiving stolen property, Possession of a Controlled Substance (Methamphetamine) and Possession of Methamphetamine Precursors with the Intent to Manufacture.  Mitchell’s bond was set at $70,000.

Amanda Hardesty was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine), two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child in the First Degree, and Possession of Methamphetamine Precursors with the intent to Manufacture.  Hardesty’s bond was set at $70,000.

Webster County has Adam Haynes age 37 of Fordland in custody on numerous charges. Numerous charges are pending in Douglas County on Haynes as well. He faces two counts of receiving stolen property.

Sheriff Degase stated numerous other stolen items have been recovered in Douglas and Webster County however formal charges have not been filed.

Anyone with any information regarding the above mentioned individuals is encouraged to contact the Douglas County Sheriff's Office or Webster County Sheriff’s Office.  Sheriff Degase estimates that authorities have recovered close to $200,000 in stolen merchandise between the counties involved.

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