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Frequent offender gets probation in theft cases

Frequent offender gets probation in theft cases

October 12th, 2018 by the News Tribune in Local News

A Jefferson City man has been placed on five years of supervised probation in connection with multiple theft cases.

Deontralius Parrow, 27, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony stealing as well as one count of misdemeanor assault and one count of misdemeanor trespassing.

Cole County Judge Dan Green also ordered that Parrow serve a 150-day shock detention sentence, with credit for time served, and pay $868 in restitution.

The first incident Parrow was charged with occurred on the afternoon of Jan. 1, when Jefferson City police officers arrested him at the Walmart Supercenter on West Stadium Boulevard for stealing a car battery.

Parrow grabbed a new car battery off a shelf in the store, placed it in a shopping cart and covered the battery with other merchandise, according to a Jefferson City Police Department probable cause statement.

Parrow left the store and returned approximately five minutes later and placed a used car battery on a shelf with new batteries. He went back to the self-checkout area with a shopping cart that still contained a new car battery.

He moved the new battery from the cart’s basket to the lower part of the cart along the way to checkout, scanned and paid for three other items, then walked past all points of sale without paying for the battery.

Parrow also was charged in March after going through the laundry facility of an apartment building in the 100 block of East High Street. He was found to have stolen several packages worth approximately $800.

In April, he was charged in connection with a burglary case in the 100 block of West Dunklin Street.

Three witnesses told officers Parrow had unlawfully entered a home by forcefully climbing through a rear bedroom window of an occupied apartment, according to a JCPD probable cause statement. Once inside, Parrow found a woman he had been romantically involved with and removed her from the apartment against her will. Prior to this, Parrow allegedly assaulted the tenant of the apartment as he tried to keep him out. He also made a threat to kill the woman before she was safely returned, according to the statement.

When questioned by officers, Parrow admitted to entering the apartment unlawfully but denied forcibly removing the woman. The woman declined to cooperate with authorities.

Court records show Parrow is homeless and frequently fails to appear for court appearances. Since 2016, he has been arrested more than 30 times by Jefferson City police for various crimes such as domestic assault, resisting arrest, trespassing and narcotics violations.