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Memphis Men Arrested for Stealing and Trespassing

Written by on August 14, 2022

MEMPHIS, Mo.- A pair of Memphis men were arrested Saturday afternoon after they were caught on camera. 56-year old Lester Livengood and 53-year old Jesse Livengood, both of Memphis, were arrested by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department just after 5 pm Saturday evening. Both men were charged with stealing under $750 and trespassing. Both charges are class A misdemeanors.

Scotland County Sheriff Bryan Whitney tells KMEM News that his office received a call at 4:10 pm Saturday afternoon reporting that a trespass and theft had just occurred at an abandoned house on a rural property on highway 136, just west of Route F near Granger. The victim reported that a cellular game camera, as well as an old set of table plates and coffee cups, were stolen from the premises.

The cellular game camera had notified the property owners of the theft in real time. The camera had also provided photos of both subjects as well as the vehicle they were traveling in. The subjects had already departed the scene before officers arrived.

At 5:15 pm Chief Deputy Bill Holland located both subjects at a residence on South Washington Street in Memphis. All of the stolen property was found at that residence. Sheriff Whitney arrived on scene to take both men into custody and transported them to the Scotland County jail. They were processed and released on a summons to appear for a September court date.

Sheriff Whitney told KMEM News that this case underscores the importance of citizens installing and utilizing security camera technology. He says the camera technology not only helps citizens protect their property, but has also proven to be an extremely helpful tool for solving many local property crimes. Whitney adds “cameras today are cheaper in price and also provide much clearer photos than older models.”

To reinforce his point, Sheriff Whitney says that the camera technology allowed this case to be solved in just over an hour. He added that this is the third time that this particular property has been broken into and is the exact reason why cameras were there in the first place. If you have information to report or would like to receive more information about security cameras, contact the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department at 660-465-2106.