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Worker charged in theft of $20,000 from trucking company

Thursday, January 13, 2005

SIKESTON -- A Jackson man is in custody after being implicated in a late December burglary.

James A. Coleman, 35, was taken into custody Monday by Scott County deputies on an arrest warrant for burglary and theft. His bond is set at $35,000.

According to Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden, officers initially received a report of a $29,000 burglary at Central Transport, 208 S. Handy, that occurred sometime between Dec. 22 and Dec. 30. The stolen items consisted of 54 Briggs and Stratton motors, various pieces of furniture, four sets of four-wheeler ramps, three pressure washers and two all-terrain vehicles.

As DPS detectives investigated, they discovered the burglary was an internal theft by one of the employees at the trucking company and applied for an arrest warrant for Coleman.

Detectives recovered the motors, ramps, two power washers and two of the four wheelers. Also during the investigation detectives uncovered a methamphetamine lab in Scott County.

Anyone with information is urged to call 471-6200 or 471-1500. All communications are confidential.