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An investigation with the Moniteau County Sheriff's Office recovered stolen property out of Cole and Boone counties.

On Sept. 5, deputies acted on gathered information from an incident that occurred in February and worked with a search warrant on a property in Kilever where they recovered truck body parts. These parts belong to a stolen chassis recovered in Cole County in addition to an enclosed trailer with a missing VIN number and a golf cart that was reported to be stolen out of Columbia.

The suspect remains in custody at the Missouri Department of Corrections and is facing addition charges out of Cole and Moniteau counties.

In February, the Moniteau County Sheriff's Office started an investigation of a Bobcat skid steer that was reported stolen near Route PP in McGirk. A search warrant was then executed on a property in Kilever where items were collected in reference to the theft.

A subject was taken into custody for the theft and was later released to the DOC on other charges. The skid steer, however, was not recovered.

On Sept. 3, detectives with the Moniteau County Sheriff's Office received information on a possible location of the skid steer.

The information said the equipment was sold to an individual in Cole County. Contact was made to the Cole County Sheriff's Office detectives and work began between the two counties. The subject who purchased the skid steer in Cole County was located and the equipment was recovered.

Upon further investigation, detectives located a storage unit near Centertown where they were able to locate a vehicle chassis with the VIN number partially removed. The chassis was listed as a stolen vehicle out of the Columbia Police Department in 2018.

Moniteau County Sheriff Tony Wheatley wishes to offer words of gratitude:

"I would like to thank Sheriff Wheeler and the Cole County Sheriff's Office for their assistance with this investigation and would like the point out again that cooperation between departments was key to the recovery of this property and bringing the suspect to justice. Our two counties share a common border and suspects that routinely come back and forth between the two committing crimes. The close working relationship we have with our surrounding counties is better than it ever has been and we will continue our efforts to keep Moniteau County and its citizens safe."

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