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Sheriff: Man Arrested for 'Majority of Burglaries' Around Ava

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Mo. -- An Ava man faces more than a dozen charges after a series of burglaries across the Ozarks. Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase says Jesse Pickel, 18, broke into the Douglas County Hearld at 302 E. Washington Ave. on August 14.
DOUGLAS COUNTY, Mo. -- An Ava man faces more than a dozen charges after a series of burglaries across the Ozarks.

Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase says Jesse Pickel, 18, broke into the Douglas County Hearld at 302 E. Washington Ave. on August 14.

The sheriff says he and Sgt. Vernon Johnson were able to recover more than $1,000 in stolen computer equipment, in addition to a small amount of change and cash.

Pickel was then linked to another burglary at that building, as well as the following locations: VFW, Highway Church of Nazarene, Methodist Church, Ava Swimming pool, Common Grounds Coffee Shop, DOCO Sheltered Work Shop, and the Church of God Holiness.

Following a search of Pickel's home, Sheriff Degase says investigators were able to link Pickel to four burglaries in Ozark County -- at the Country Club, Turkey Creek Ranch, Lutie School and Methodist Church in Ozark County.

Pickel is charged with 10 counts of burglary and 10 counts of theft/stealing. He's held in Douglas County jail in lieu of $15,000 bond.

"This solved the majority of the burglaries that were occurring in and around the Ava City Limits," writes Sheriff Degase in an email to media. 

The sheriff  Douglas County Sheriff's Office was assisted in the investigation by Chief Reggie Johnson and the Ava Police Department.
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