Charged with felony tampering

Felony charges have been filed against Alexander Scott Hoose, 21, in connection with incidents alleged to have occurred in Moniteau County involving an automobile.

According to court documents, Hoose has been charged with Class C Felony Tampering with Motor Vehicle in the First Degree for the alleged theft of a 1996 Mercury Sable about Feb. 1. A Class D Felony charge of Leaving the Scene of an Accident resulting in property damage was filed as a result of alleged subsequent events. Hoose is alleged to have taken the vehicle on Lookout Trail east of California, lost control of the car, which did a 180 degree turn, went through a fence and slid backwards into a CO-MO Electric power pole. The defendant is then alleged to have left the scene and the totaled car.

Investigators are alleged to have found a wallet belonging to the defendant in the car, as well as frozen pizzas valued at about $30.

A separate misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property has been filed aganst Hoose since the pizzas are alleged to have been stolen from a freezer belonging to an individual connected to the stolen car.

If convicted on the tampering charge, the defendant could face up to seven years in prison and a $5000 fine. Conviction on the leaving the scene of an accident charge could result in up to four years and a $5,000 fine. Bond has been set at $10,000.

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