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The Lake News Online
  • Facebook plays a role in police investigation of St. James vehicle theft

  • Stolen vehicle recovered in Osage Beach.
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  • A 2003 Chevy Trailblazer reported stolen July 29 in St. James was recovered around midnight July 31 and popular social media website Facebook played a role in the investigation.
    According to a probable cause statement, the owner of the vehicle noticed the Trailblazer missing the morning of July 29, when she reported the missing vehicle to police.
    According to the statement, the owner left "the keys in her vehicle, underneath the front driver's seat. (The owner) stated that anyone who has ever been to her house or (rode) with her, would know that."
    On July 31, at approximately 11:45 p.m., Camden County law enforcement responded to the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Osage Beach, after reported suspicious activity involving two white males looking into parked vehicles.
    Upon the officer’s arrival, they found the suspect males standing next to a green 2003 Chevy Trailblazer. One of the suspects claimed to own the vehicle. The officer checked the registration and was advised that the vehicle was listed as stolen from the St. James area.
    Both Garrett T. Green, of Rolla, and Ryan J. Lumsden, of Brumley, were arrested and charged in Camden County with first degree tampering with a motor vehicle.
    Lumsden denied knowing Green, having only shortly before received a ride from Green to his girlfriend's house.
    St. James Police Chief Ron Jones confirmed the vehicle recovered in Osage Beach was the same Trailblazer reported missing from the St. James area.
    Police contacted the owner to see if permission had been given to Green to take the vehicle, or if she knew the alleged perpetrator. She did not.
    According to the statement, the vehicle owner searched for Green on Facebook and found one mutual "friend." The vehicle owner reported to the police there were rumors circulating that the mutual Facebook friend had said she had access to a key for the Trailblazer, even though the vehicle owner had had not given permission for use.
    The Facebook friend was brought in for questioning by the police, where she confirmed she knew Green and the fact that the vehicle owner left her keys in the Trailblazer. She also told police, Green had asked her "Where does that (woman) live?" The conversation occurred around July 26 - 28, shortly before the theft.
    The Facebook friend stated she knew Green was in trouble with the law, but did not tell him to steal the vehicle. He was previously charged number of alleged crimes including tampering with a motor vehicle and a July 14 allegation of possession of a controlled substance.
    Green was formally charged July 31 with stealing a motor vehicle and first degree trespassing. Bond was set at $25,000.

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