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Cole County Grand Jury indicts three

Cole County Grand Jury indicts three

May 21st, 2018 in Local News

The Cole County Grand Jury recently handed down several indictments, finding there was enough evidence to send the cases to circuit court for possible trial.

Among those indicted were:

Two women from Chamois who are charged with stealing items in September 2017 from vehicles in Russellville.

Olivia Horseman, 25, is charged with one count of felony stealing along with one count of felony forgery and one count of misdemeanor stealing.

Georgie Wilbers, 21, is charged with one count of forgery.

Deputies were called to two locations in Russellville for reports of items stolen from vehicles, according to Cole County Sheriff's Department probable cause statements. The items included tools and purses that contained credit cards, IDs, cash and a checkbook.

Someone attempted to cash a check from the checkbook that had been taken Sept. 12 at Farmers Bank of Lohman on Lomo Drive. The name used was an alias used by Wilbers, who was identified through a photo ID as the person who had cashed the check.

Video from the bank's security cameras showed Horseman, a known associate of Wilbers, was also at the bank.

Later that day, Jefferson City police found a purse a block away from Wilbers' residence with credit cards and IDs from the car theft victims in Russellville. They also found credit cards from a car theft victim in Eldon.

Horseman was found Sept. 13 staying at Wilbers home. She was found to be in possession of credit cards and IDs of the Russellville victims as well as credit cards from the Eldon victim.

At the sheriff's department, Horseman admitted she and Wilbers had broken into several cars in Russellville. She said they decided to go "car hopping" Sept. 11 to steal from vehicles.

On Sept. 19, authorities found Wilbers, who was in possession of another person's driver's license which she claimed she bought. She admitted she was the woman in a photo on the Lake Ozark Police Department Facebook page cashing a stolen check in Jefferson City. The check was from a previous theft in the lake area and was cashed July 20. She had used her alias to cash the check.

Wilbers denied being with Horseman in Russellville or Eldon and said she didn't break into any cars. However, she admitted to being in Eldon around the time the thefts occurred.

A Jefferson City man facing criminal charges after allegedly damaging vehicles at two auto dealerships in March.

Joshua Lehman, 34, is charged with one count of knowingly burning and three counts of first-degree property damage.

In one incident, Lehman allegedly hit a courtesy van owned by Riley Toyota with a hammer, causing more than $750 in damage, according to Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statements.

Lehman also allegedly went to the Honda dealership on Missouri Boulevard and broke out the window of a vehicle there and set it on fire, lighting some clothing he had brought with him to ignite the blaze, according to the JCPD statements.

Lehman turned himself in at the Cole County Jail and admitted to the crimes, saying he was upset the Japanese had the right to sell vehicles in the United States after World War II.

Authorities said Lehman was not of stable mind, and they noted several documented incidents where he had made unfounded statements alleging illegal activities.