OREGON COUNTY -- The Oregon County Sheriff's Department reported the arrest of an Alton man on several felony burglary and stealing charges.
Oregon County Sheriff Tim Ward, said he arrested Leavy Moore, 41, Route 1, Jan. 6. at his residence in Alton. Moore is charged with three felony counts of burglary and stealing and two misdemeanor counts of stealing.
Ward said the charges stem from several Alton residences being burglarized with items stolen including several guns, 70 fence posts and rolls of barbed wire. Ward said Moore is also being held on a Sharp County, Ark., warrant because a saddle stolen two weeks ago from the Circle H Saddle Shop in Hardy was recovered at the Moore residence.
Ward said his department also arrested Christopher Waldorf, 17, of Thayer on felony burglary and stealing charges. He said the arrest was in connection with the theft of four guns from the Bill Nelson residence in Thayer last month.
The sheriff said two 13-year old juveniles were taken into custody Dec. 21. Ward said the two are charged with breaking into the Shield residence in the Ledgerwood Apartments at Alton. He said entry was gained to the apartment through a window and several Christmas presents were stolen including a remote control car and DVD player. Both juveniles were turned over to juvenile authorities.
Charges are pending, although no arrests have been made in connection with the break-in of a hunting cabin belonging to Wyatt Gaikowski. Ward said a TV, VCR, and numerous tools were taken in the break-in.
Alton Police Chief Rusty Warren reported the arrest of an Alton teen-ager, Buford Pearse III. Warren said Pearse is charged with the break-in and burglary of the What Nots and More Store on the square in Alton Jan. 4. He said entry was gained to the building through the back door. Several days later students were discovered with knives at school that were believed to be taken in the break-in and were traced back to Pearse, he added.
He said a cash register holding a small amount of change was stolen in the break-in and discovered a short time later behind Alton bank in a parking lot. Warren said he believes at least three trips were made in and out of the business during the burglary.