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California man faces various theft charges in area counties

California man faces various theft charges in area counties

December 16th, 2017 by News Tribune in Local News

A California man already charged with thefts from Jefferson City car dealerships in September now faces an additional charge for a crime that occurred around the same time.

Bryson Skinner, 22, has been charged with one count of first-degree tampering for taking a truck owned by Gordon Brothers Builders Inc. from their Missouri Boulevard office in October.

Court documents show the vehicle was taken on or around Oct. 11. It was found Oct. 14. That's when Skinner was caught breaking into Gold Star Recycling on Empire Drive and subsequently was charged with one count of second-degree burglary.

Skinner also was charged with two counts of felony stealing for allegedly admitting to "committing numerous other thefts with numerous victims," according to Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statements.

Employees of Jefferson City Hyundai on Missouri Boulevard on Sept. 29 found five new vehicles parked to the rear of the business had their batteries stolen from the engine compartments. Each battery is valued at $200.

The business' video surveillance system captured a truck on the property while the business was closed at night. A neighboring business on Oct. 2 located a truck similar to what was seen on the surveillance video abandoned in the woods behind their business. The vehicle was registered to Skinner.

Also Sept. 29, employees of Jefferson City Nissan on Missouri Boulevard found a used vehicle on their lot was missing.

After he was questioned following his arrest, Skinner admitted to taking the vehicle from the Nissan dealership to conduct other thefts in Moniteau County. He also admitted to stealing the vehicle batteries from the Hyundai dealership.

Skinner also has been charged with stealing, property damage receiving stolen property and second-degree burglary as the result of two criminal investigations conducted by the Callaway County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said Skinner stole several items from the Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church construction site just outside Holts Summit. Items taken included an HVAC unit and numerous construction tools, materials and equipment.

Several of the stolen items were located Oct. 18 in Cole County.

Also Oct. 18, while following up on the church burglary, Callaway County deputies responded to a property outside of Fulton to conduct an investigation. There, deputies located a travel trailer reported stolen to the Boone County Sheriff's Office on Oct. 14. Law enforcement officers determined Skinner had brought the stolen trailer to that property.