LACLEDE COUNTY, Mo. Items from numerous burglaries, including those stolen from the Lebanon Rural Fire Department, were recovered near Springfield on Wednesday, according to the Laclede County Sheriff's Office.
On July 10th, a Greene County deputy responded to a call of a burglary-in-progress near Chestnut Expressway and I-44, just outside Springfield city limits. The deputy arrested Robert Eugene Nyman, 36, of Lebanon at the scene.
Greene County deputies recovered oxygen tanks, batteries, chargers, and other SCBA equipment registered to the Lebanon Rural Fire Department. The items were previously reported missing after a burglary in Laclede county on June 15th, 2019.
In addition, items from two other burglaries were also recovered. Those items included those stolen from Flatwoods Church Rd., and Royal Dr., which were reported stolen on June 19th, 2019, and June 20th, 2019, respectively.
Nyman is also suspected of a theft of a four-wheeler and a trailer, taken from the 15000 block of Glendale. Several firearms were also recovered from Nyman's truck, along with thirty grams of methamphetamine.
“Nyman had been a person of interest in those three burglaries. Prior to the arrest on Wednesday by Greene County we had submitted Probable Cause Statements to the Prosecutor on two of the four burglaries we believed him to be responsible for,” said Laclede county Sheriff David Millsap. “The arrest by Greene County and their seizure of those items complete our burglary investigation on Royal Drive and Flatwoods Church Road."
"The burglary on Glendale is a solid case," said Millsap. "In the Lebanon Rural Fire Department burglary we had suspected Nyman, and the evidence recovered Wednesday we believe will give us enough information to present a Probable Cause Statement to the Prosecutor.”
Sheriff Milsap says that a detective had been investigating Nyman for the thefts.
“After the theft of the burglary on Glendale, and same day burglary on Flatwoods Church Road, a detective has been exclusively working Nyman. He has been a priority, not only for us, but we have received assistance from the Missouri Highway Patrol, Lebanon Police Department and Lake Area Narcotics Enforcement Team,” Millsap said.
The investigation into items reported stolen but still unrecovered will continue as Laclede county works to determine who may have assisted in the thefts.
“While we are happy [Nyman] is in custody, it is disappointing that we have not recovered more of the property he has stolen from the victims," said Millsap. "We are still looking at the possibility of others being charged in regards to the thefts, and certainly the disposal of stolen items. While we believe he was leading the efforts to commit these burglaries and thefts, he was receiving help,” Millsap added.