One in custody for gun thefts

Roy Turner

Detective Tippie drys one of the recovered guns

Newton County Rescue and Recovery Team

Diver surfaces with recovered item

Newton County Rescue and Recovery Team














On April 21, 2010, Cherokee County Sheriff's Deputies began investigating a report of numerous guns stolen from a resident on Northeast StarValley Road.  

The following morning, at approximately 4:44 a.m. deputies responded to a report of a burglary at Midwest Sports Center, located at 9718 Northeast Highway 69, also in the northeast part of Cherokee County.  When deputies arrived, they found that someone had forced entry into the building and stole several firearms along with ammunition.  

During the course of the investigation, a suspect was developed and investigators executed a search warrant at his residence, located at 4772 Northeast 50th Street on Monday afternoon.

While conducting the search, officers discovered one of the suspected stolen guns, which had been nearly destroyed by fire.  In addition, they located ammunition, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.

The suspect, 24 year-old Roy Turner, was arrested and held on the narcotic related charges, while the burglary investigations continued.

On Tuesday, investigators learned that three of the firearms had been taken to a Pittsburg, Kansas pawn shop, and others were believed to have been discarded in an
area creek.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office and the Galena Fire Department were able to identify weapons in the water using an underwater camera.  The Newton County (Missouri) Rescue and Recovery Team then arrived on scene and their divers were able to recover several of the stolen items.  

Turner was formally charged on Wednesday and remains in custody in lieu or $50,000.00 bond.

He has been charged with  two counts of burglary, two counts of theft, one count of criminal damage to property, possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.


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