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Joplin Man Arrested For The 4th Time Since May 3rd, This Time In Carthage

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     An alleged habitual offender in Joplin is back behind bars.
     And this time...Nicholas Cutbirth might be there for a while.
Ashley Raby, Burglary Victim: "When I first told a few people he was arrested, their first thought was 'how long are they keeping him this time?'"
Just a few days ago - we brought you the story of Ashley Raby - and her neighbor - Nicolas Cutbirth, who allegedly broke into her home and stole several items.
We told you how Cutbirth had been arrested three different times - and bonded out each time - but - his fourth arrest this weekend, landed him a more permanent jail cell.
Raby: "I can finally sleep, I know he's not going to come after me again."
Raby addressed the Joplin City Council about the issue...of Cutbirth's continuous "catch and release".
So we reached out to Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney Theresa Kenney about how a situation like this, can happen.
Theresa Kenney, Jasper County Prosecutor: "The judge has the discretion to deny bond or to grant bond with special conditions."
Those special conditions can include assiduity, or even be released on their own recognizance, essentially, a promise to appear in court later.
Kenney says there can be other factors...
Kenney: "I can see where a judge on a property crime or a stealing crime the court may look at that and say 'well, this is a non-violent offense' and perhaps release them on what others might consider a low bond or even a promise to appear."
Another factor... 
Kenney: "As the jail becomes more full, you have some concerns about who are you going to let out and who is the least likely to re-offend, or to injure somebody."
     Cutbirth was arrested in Carthage this weekend for allegedly stealing two vehicles, breaking into several other vehicles, possession of a controlled substance, and resisting arrest.

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