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Ozark County family charged in grand jury indictment

Friday, May 21, 2010

An Ozark County grand jury has indicted a family for burglaries and thefts that took place over several years according to authorities.

Ozark County Sheriff Raymond Pace said the family has been burglarizing in the area for several years.

The grand jury was in session on April 29 in Gainesville, Mo., at the Ozark County Courthouse. Six residents of Ozark County were charged with a total of 18 indictments following a two-month long investigation.

Those indicted were: Malissa Ann Barnett, 30; Robert Martin Roberts Jr., 33; Bobby martin Roberts, 53; Brenda A. Roberts, 48; Mildred Lucille Roberts, 59; and Bonnie Lee Hanks, 48. All those indicted are from Wasola except for Hanks, who is from Noble.

Barnett and Robert Martin Roberts Jr. were charged with felony burglary of a residence in Romance, Mo., in February of 2008; felony stealing at a residence in Almartha, Mo., in May 2008; and arson of a store building in Thornfield, Mo., in July 2008.

Robert Roberts was also charged with stealing at a residence in Brixey, Mo., in October of 2008 and stealing property in December of 2008.

Bobby martin Roberts and Brenda A. Roberts were charged with felony stealing at a residence in Almartha, Mo., and stealing at a residence in Longrun, Mo., both in May 2008.

Mildred Roberts was charged with felony burglary in Romance, Mo., in February of 2008; arson of a store building in Thornfield, Mo., in July 2008; and felony stealing in November, 2009, according to the release.

Hanks was charged with stealing at Thornfield, Mo., in December of 2008; felony burglary at Romance, Mo. in February of 2008; and felony stealing in Brixey, Mo., in October 2008.

All six remain in the Ozark County Jail with $30,000 bond on each charge according to authorities.

\Sheriff Pace credited Chief Deputy Darrin Reed and others in the department for their work on the case. Authorities have recovered many of the items, some of which were being kept in storage units, and the property will be returned to the victims Pace said.



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