Arrest Made in String of Ozark Robberies

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Watches, rings, guns, cell phones, and stereos, even fingernail polish! The list reads like something out of a department store.

But in actuality these are items allegedly stolen by a 17-year-old who police say is making a business out of burglary.

Ozark Police Department Deputy Chief Eddie Henderson says, "We also feel here, he was pre-selecting his targets to the items that would be in the vehicles.”

Ozark investigators say since last September, items like these have disappeared from cars, houses and businesses around the city.

And from the looks of things, the thief didn't discriminate.
Henderson continues, "Some of the items that he had stolen were sold to other individuals so he was doing it to make money."

And with 39 charges against him the 17-year-old minor could be tried as an adult.

Ozark Police Chief Tony Spivey says his actions should serve as an example.

Spivey says, "For the magnitude of the crimes, it's a 17-year-old dealing in this amount of crime and as many as he's done we think we need to send a very strong message that this will not be tolerated."

Now investigators want people to look out, lock up, and don't be too trusting, because anyone can be victim of burglary.

The suspect has confessed to the crimes, but what you saw in the story was a little more than $9,000 worth of stolen property.

Police are still confiscating the other $10,000 worth of items.

They are also investigating whether they'll seek charges against those who received the stolen property.