Man Sentenced for Thefts from Airport Hangers

Published 07/24 2014 09:03AM

Updated 07/24 2014 05:19PM

BOLIVAR, Mo. - A 29-year-old man from Halfway has pleaded guilty to stealing items from hangers at the Bolivar airport and sentenced to five years in prison.

Curtis Brazzell was sentenced Wednesday in Polk County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to four charges of second-degree burglary. He was accused in connection with break-ins at the airport on May 24 when tools were stolen, including a nail gun, air compressor, and drill, along with cash.

Also charged was Francis Ann King, 25, of Bolivar. She was earlier held in the Polk County Jail in lieu of $30,000 bond awaiting her first court appearance, but is no longer in custody, according to the jail.

Court documents state the two, along with a third person, were spotted in the hangers by an off-duty federal agent.  They fled when confronted, but the Jeep they were in was later found abandoned.

Investigators found a cellphone belonging to Brazzell in the Jeep.   The federal agent also picked King and Brazzell out of a photo lineup, the probable cause statement states.

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