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Joplin Man Charged For Stealing Vehicles From Church Parking Lots

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The Carthage Police Department says Nicholas Cutbirth has been charged with two counts of first degree tampering with a motor vehicle, possession of controlled substance, resisting arrest for a felony, receiving stolen property and first degree burglary.

The charges stem from several incidents on May 20th, 2018.

Police were called around 10:44 a.m. about a vehicle stolen from the Fairview Christian Church (2320 S. Grand Ave). A little more than an hour later, they got a call about a vehicle stolen from the Church of the Nazarene parking lot (2000 S. Grand Ave).

When authorities arrived to the Church of the Nazarene, they found that the suspect had ditched the first stolen vehicle and taken a second one. Police say it appeared that the suspect had also stolen items from other vehicles on the lot.

Around 2:00 p.m., police say the second victim saw the suspect drive by his home outside the city limits in the stolen vehicle. The victim called police and followed the suspect back inside the city limits.

Carthage Police found the vehicle and suspect at The Carthage Inn (2244 S. Grand Ave). The suspect was arrested after a short foot pursuit. Police identified the suspect as Nicholas Cutbirth of Joplin. During the arrest, they found items he's suspected of stealing earlier in the day. Cutbirth was taken to the hospital for minor injuries sustained when officers were trying to arrest him.

The Jasper County Prosecutors Office has filed charges with no bond. Authorities say Cutbirth also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for receiving stolen property out of Jasper County.

This is Cutbirth's fourth arrest since May 3rd, 2018.

Previous Story: Joplin Woman Living In Fear Of Her Neighbors After They Allegedly Break Into Her Home

The homeowner from our previous story, Ashley Raby, is making a presentation to Joplin City Council on May 21st, 2018, about the issues with Cutbirth bonding out on a regular basis.

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