by Tim Church
CASSVILLE, Mo. – Two arrests are made following an investigation into the January 4th, burglary at Roaring River Nature Center in Cassville.
The Barry County Sheriff’s Office reports Roaring River Park Ranger Steven Jabben requested the assistance of Detective Doug Henry, after the nature center had several items stolen including, 11 chainsaws, a Big Bear Yamaha All Terrain Four Wheeler, Indian artifacts, a laptop computer and numerous hand and power tools.
A fingerprint, pulled off a can of tree marking paint used during the burglary, was used to get a positive match through AFIS leading investigators to 44-year-old Rodney Evans of Berryville.
Deputies soon recovered several items from Evans’ residence matching items stolen from the nature center. Additional stolen items were recovered at another residence in Oak Grove belonging to 54-year-old Terry Kline.
A trailer reported stolen off Highway 248 in Barry County was also discovered. The estimated recovery value of the items stolen was determined to be right at 28-thousand-dollars.
Evans and Kline were both booked into the Barry County Jail on January 30th, and have each been charged with 2nd Degree Burglary. They both also signed waivers of extradition and are being held in the Barry County Jail with cash only bonds set at 30-thousand-dollars each.