STODDARD COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - An investigation to multiple reports of vandalism throughout Stoddard County, Missouri has led to the arrest of three adult males and three male juveniles.
Extensive damage to farm equipment, businesses, vehicles and homes were reported in rural Bloomfield, rural Dexter and in the city limits of Dexter from Monday, Jan. 28 through Saturday, Feb. 1.
“I thought, oh no, no, please don’t let the glass be broke out.”
That’s the first thing Jamie Hubbard Cook thought after getting the call from the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Choice.
Someone shot a bullet through the window of her downtown Dexter store, Hubbard’s Jewelry.
“I just closed around 5 o’clock and got home and around six my dispatcher called,” she said.
According to the Stoddard County Sheriff’s Office, one adult male and three male juveniles used a sling shot with steel balls to break windows in downtown Dexter and to strike vehicles and homes. Investigators said the sling shot and the steel balls were stolen from the Dexter Walmart.
“I’m just here trying to make a living for my sister and I and our store; and when somebody destroys things and then we have to pay out of the store, then it’s not good for us,” Cook said.
She said the bullet hole in her store’s window is costing her at least $600.
“Well, I was very surprised I couldn’t understand why someone would do that.”
The sheriff’s office said the damage to property caused by the sling shot was extensive.
Peggy Barks owns The Bunny Patch Prom and Bridal Store just down the street from Hubbard. Her window was completely shattered.
“It’s cold in here even with our furnace burning up front.”
Barks said she’s surprised there aren’t any witnesses.
“It was going home time for people getting off work, it just seemed to be quite a few cars downtown,” she said. “I was surprised that someone could drive by, shoot at a window and somebody does not see it.”
Barks said she’s lived in Dexter all her life and never thought she would have to worry.
“I’ve always felt safe and secure here, but to find out that these people had a gun and going around and shooting windows and things, that’s scary,” she said.
During the investigation, the sheriff’s office learned that three adult males, in a moving vehicle, used a 9mm handgun to shoot at property in rural Bloomfield and rural Dexter.
The first item shot at was the tailgate of a pick-up truck.
The homeowner was outside at the time of the shooting. The homeowner chased after the three suspects, but they managed to evade the homeowner.
After this, the same three males are accused of shooting into an occupied home in rural Bloomfield.
Back in rural Dexter, two of the males allegedly shot the windows, tires and control module out of a John Deere tractor.
Luke Moore, 17 of Dexter, Victor Turner, 17 of Sikeston, Ryan Turner, 17 of Dexter, and the three juveniles were arrested in connection with the vandalism.
Moore is charged with two counts of discharge/shoot firearm at or from motor vehicle/shoot at person, another motor vehicle or building/habitable structure, three counts of property damage first degree and unlawful use of weapon.
Victor Turner is charged with two counts of discharge/shoot firearm at or from motor vehicle/shoot at person, another motor vehicle or building/habitable structure and two counts property damage first degree.
Ryan Turner is charged with two counts of discharge/shoot firearm at or from motor vehicle/shoot at person, another motor vehicle or building/habitable structure, three counts of property damage first degree and unlawful use of weapon.
All three adult males are being held in Stoddard County Jail on no bond. The three male juveniles are being housed in Stoddard County Juvenile Detention Center.
The sheriff’s office said the investigation ongoing, with additional charges pending.