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Police arrest three on suspicion of stealing from cars, forgery

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 | 5:11 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department arrested a man and woman on suspicion of stealing from motor vehicles Tuesday.

Chrystal L. Shimek, 28, of Boone County, was arrested at 1:30 p.m. in a stolen car at 205 Hickman Ave. on charges of first-degree tampering and possession of a forging instrumentality, said Latisha Stroer, Columbia Police Department public information officer.

Fake Missouri IDs and forged checks were found in the stolen vehicle. Police recovered the stolen car.

James R. Miller, 33, of Boone County was arrested on charges of two counts of forgery, felony stealing and possession of a forging instrumentality, Stroer said.

Detectives have been investigating several thefts from motor vehicles for the past several weeks and that investigation led to Miller and Shimek, Stroer said.

At 5:30 p.m., detectives also arrested James Edward Broderick, 40, of Boone County on a charge of forgery.

Stroer said the investigation is ongoing so no additional information is available. She said it is possible that the three are responsible for other thefts from motor vehicles in Columbia as well as other forgeries in the area.

Anyone with information can contact Columbia Police or Crime Stoppers at 875-8477 or 875tips.com.


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Delcia Crockett January 15, 2012 | 4:06 a.m.

@"Detectives have been investigating several thefts from motor vehicles for the past several weeks and that investigation led to.."

Great to see this work going on from the folks who keep us safe, night and day, in this town,

While we are on the topic, let's bring in the Council is whil we are at it- hye, Council, why not kick in on the needed 42 officers, and the neighborhood stations, stated as needed in this growing-population town?

Reasearch has already been done on this projected need, and the police chief has made a public statement on it.

We all learned of it in the news media, so why has not this been taken into consideration for the sake of all of us - and our children - in this town?

If your Sunday is safe, thank an officer; if it is not, then plead the cause for the chief's stated-need for this town to become a reality.

If you, the Council do not follow through, then with all probability, we need to elect a new Council. Same with Mayor. If we do nothing, then we have no one to blame but ourselves.

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Delcia Crockett January 15, 2012 | 4:08 a.m.

Correction:

And, let's bring in the Council while we are at it- hey, Council, why not kick in on the needed 42 officers, and the neighborhood stations, stated as needed in this growing-population town?

stet

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Tim Dance January 15, 2012 | 9:00 a.m.

Oh, you want more cops. Go ahead and tell that to the councils of the mid 90's to mid 2000's. The ones that thought that subsidized growth was the way to grow. No impact fees or fair development fees were imposed. It was argued that it would impede buyers. So next time you see a strip mall with vacant signs or that sprawling subdivision on the edge of town, know that there was no planning for it's impact and we are reaping the fruits of that poor planning. Mike Martin also mentioned that our Billionaire residents are not paying their fair share of property taxes. Also the council can't get involved in the hiring of personnel. So instead of the populist "kick the bums out" you should be petitioning the City Manager.

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