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Backhoe and race car thief may not have acted alone

Garret Falls Garret Falls

Updated August 14 at 5:36 PM CST: An anonymous tip led investigators to the residents of Garret Falls.

According to a press release from the Newton County Sheriff's Department, Falls was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for non-support.

"While the investigators were there they observed a couple flatbed trailers, ran the VIN, and discovered they were stolen," said Sheriff Ken Copeland, Newton County Sheriff's Department.

A search warrant was obtained to go inside two storage facilities on the property.

Inside the sheriff's department confiscated a race car, three motorcycles, several firearms and the list continues.

"We had Missouri Highway Patrol's assistance as well as investigators from the Barry County Sheriff's office," said Copeland.  

Stolen items were taken to the Newton County Sheriff's Department for owners to retrieve.

"The items we determine were stolen are listed in the computer therefore we already know who the owners and the entering agencies are."

Copeland believes Falls didn't act alone.

"We believe there's other thieves involved they were actually the ones stealing the items and bringing them over to Garrett Fall's house and he was probably fencing these stolen items."

Falls was charged with five counts of stolen property. 


Posted August 14, 2013 at 10:29 AM CST: A Newton County man faces charges after an arrest resulted in the confiscation of several items that had been stolen, including flatbed trailers, trucks, a race car, motorcycles and a backhoe.

Garret Falls has been charged with Outstanding Felony Warrant for Non-Support and faces several other charges following the arrest, including possession of receiving stolen property and possession of drugs.

Bond has been set at $200,000.



On Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at about 4:00 p.m., the Newton County Sheriff's Office served a Search Warrant at 904 Main Street in Wentworth, Missouri.

An investigation over the past few weeks has been conducted by the Newton County Sheriff's Office, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Barry County Sheriff's Office, into stolen property.

A huge list of stolen property was confiscated with the Search Warrant:

6 - Flatbed Trailers;
1 - Drag Race Car;
1 - Backhoe;
2 - Trucks;
3 - Motorcycles;
Several Firearms, construction equipment and miscellaneous items; and Methamphetamine and Marijuana.

Arrested at the location was the resident, Garret Falls, white/male, 41 years old.

Charges pending are:

Receiving Stolen Property;
Possession of Drugs;
Felon in Possession of Firearm;
Outstanding Felony Warrant for Non-Support

The subject is in custody; bond is set at $200,000.00

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