Arrests Made in Douglas Co. Burglary Investigation

Doug Ledbetter, 54, of West Plains. (DCSO booking photo)
Doug Ledbetter, 54, of West Plains


Press Release


AVA, Mo. – The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Texas County Sheriff’s Office, and Howell  County Sheriff’s Office have made several arrests surrounding a large scale burglary that occurred in June on E. Highway in Eastern Douglas County, which prompted the owner to post a $10,000 reward.

Sheriff Degase advised that between the three agencies, numerous arrests have been made in connection with not only this burglary but additional theft crimes and drug related incidents.

On June 20, 2016 the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant in the Twin Bridges area of Douglas County that resulted in the arrest of Doug Ledbetter, 54, of West Plains, for Receiving Stolen Property, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Ledbetter was found in possession of a stolen box trailer that was stolen from the E. Highway Burglary.  Also arrested at the time the search warrant was served was Michael Rhoads, 25, of West Plains, for possession of methamphetamine and possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

On June 24, 2016 Howell County Sheriff’s Office arrested James Madden Jr. after a search warrant was served on his residence in Howell County where one of the stolen four wheelers from the E. Highway Burglary in Douglas County was recovered. Another of the stolen 4 wheelers was recovered burnt on property next to Madden.

On June 24, 2016 Sheriff Degase, Howell County Deputy Don Reed and South Central Drug Task Force officers recovered anther of the stolen four wheelers from Douglas County in Howell County after a short vehicle and foot pursuit. Arrested at the time was Everett Collins who was charged with receiving stolen property.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Texas County Sheriff’s Office, Howell  County Sheriff’s Office are still working and following leads in this case and anticipate numerous more people will be charged in connection with this burglary.

If you have additional information please contact the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Texas County Sheriff’s Office, or Howell County Sheriff’s Office. The information received from the public on this case has been invaluable.


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