EAGLE ROCK, Mo. -- It's a story that sounds like a Hollywood screenplay -- a postmaster accused of hatching an elaborate robbery scheme in a small Ozarks town. According to the FBI, 49-year-old Michael Stubblefield and others concocted a plan that involved fire, a convenience store take-over, and the United States Postal Service.
Eagle Rock, Missouri is a small Ozarks town near Table Rock Lake. Like many small towns, the post office serves as a local meeting point. To the FBI, the Eagle Rock Post Office was the center of an elaborate scheme at the hands of its postmaster, Michael Stubblefield.
According to court documents, Stubblefield enlisted two people to stage a robbery at Uncle Roy's Convenience Store. One was an employee of the store, who told police he provided information about cameras, closing operations, schedules, and other details to Stubblefield. Those who know Stubblefield can't believe the accusations.
"He was a great guy I thought and a lot of other people thought too," said Monte Logan, a friend. "I'm really surprised. Lot of us don't even believe it even happened. So it's just, I mean, kind of guilty until proven innocent."
The two people Stubblefield allegedly conspired with went to the Barry County Sheriff's Office and told investigators about the plan. While there, they spoke about other illegal activities they believed Stubblefield was involved with including drug trafficking. They also accused the postmaster and a UPS employee of a scheme to steal valuable items, such as jewelry, from the mail. The informants told police the UPS employee would alert Stubblefield when she had packages of value. They explained Stubblefield would receive the items, repackage it in USPS packaging, and store it in another location.