Guns and a Bible recovered as part of a massive burglary ring operating in south-central Missouri, including Texas County.

Beginning in late November, law enforcement agencies in Texas County and Wright County responded to an unusually large number of burglaries bearing similar characteristics.

But thanks to the combined efforts of a whopping eight agencies, criminals involved are facing the consequences for what has been called a “monster” string of thefts.

Texas County Sheriff Carl Watson confirmed Thursday that three arrests had been made regarding the break-ins in his jurisdiction.

Arrestees include Kevin W. Fiedler, 22; James W. Arnold, 24, and his girlfriend Brittany J. Campbell, 19. All three have been residing in the Mountain Grove area; Arnold is a former Texas County resident.

“They’ve kind of been staying here and there,” Watson said. “They knew we were looking for them, so they didn’t stay in one place for long.”

Charges will be filed in Texas and Wright counties against all three. After being picked up on Christmas Eve and spending the weekend in the Texas County Jail, Arnold and Campbell are now being held at the Wright County Jail. Fiedler, who was released from the Missouri Department of Corrections system last September, is in a cell in Texas County.

“He didn’t stay out long,” Watson said.

The burglary spree resulted in more than 20 break-ins in Wright County and three more in Texas County (two on Dec. 16 and one on Dec. 18). Many of the stolen items were reportedly traded for methamphetamine in Greene County, authorities said.

 

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