Fire truck stolen after burglary at Redings Mill Fire Station is recovered, suspect in custody

NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – Authorities recover a stolen fire truck after a pursuit in southwest Missouri. A suspect is in custody.

According to the Jasper Police Department, “Jasper Police Department was in pursuit of the stolen Redding’s Mill Brush Truck. The pursuit ended in a field on Baseline Road East of I-49. A perimeter was established quickly on County Road 130, Baseline and Pine. The suspect was captured trying to escape the perimeter. The situation is over and the area is all clear now. Residents in that area, thank you for your patience with us all over the roads.”

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NEWTON COUNTY, Mo. – The Redings Mill Fire Protection District is asking for help locating stolen equipment after one of its satellite stations in Joplin was robbed over the weekend.

Residents feel it may be connected to other recent thefts.

When firefighters arrived at Fire Station 5 to do a routine inventory check on Monday, Jan. 6, they noticed right away that something big was missing.

“They didn’t damage anything inside. We found that they did take the brush truck and all the equipment on it, and they got into our fire engine in that facility and took some equipment from it and also stole the security camera system,” explained Redings Mill Fire Chief Steve Coats.

It’s not the first time this station has been broken into and residents doubt it will be the last.

“We have a lot of as, you could say, kinda riffraff that come down that area and that road, Coyote Road, also goes back behind where people try to go to get to the state line and there’s been other times where there’s been theft, like at Santa Fe towing,” said Leslie Ply, a woman who has lived in the area for the past six years.

In addition to the brush fire truck that was stolen, $27,000 worth of equipment was also taken and officials say that hurts the community.

“They took the truck, all the equipment that was on it that we use to fight brush fires which would be the pump, the water tank that’s attached to the truck, and then leaf blowers, chain saw, rakes, safety gear that we put on, helmet, chainsaw chaps, and there was a medical bag in there as well,” Coats stated.

“They took taxpayer money, you know, and now they’ve got to buy all that equipment again which again comes from taxpayer’s money, so for people to go and steal, and rob your place, it’s just wrong,” expressed Ply.

Redings Mill Fire is hoping the community will help locate the stolen property, asking anyone with information to contact the Newton County Sheriff’s Office at 417-451-8300.

“We work hard to build up the equipment that we have and it’s insured, it’s replaceable, but it’s just really frustrating that someone would steal from the public essentially. I guess it’s no different than having a car stolen out of your back yard, but it’s a fire truck, and who steals fire trucks?”

Redings Mill Fire Station 5 is located at 4083 Coyote Drive in rural Joplin. It is not a full-time staffed facility.

Coats believes the equipment was stolen sometime between Friday evening and 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6.

Listed stolen equipment:

  • 1994 Chevrolet 3500 4×4 Red in Color with a White Stripe and grey interior, Miles 24,669
  • MERTZ Skid Unit/Bolt In – Briggs and Stratton Engine with Fire Pump and Tank, Red in Color
  • Chain Saw – Stihl 2010 MS-290 282302115
  • Leaf Blower – Stihl 2010 BR-550 273366904
  • Leaf Blower – Stihl 2006 BR-550 267210046
  • Chain Saw -Stihl 2002 029
  • Automated External Defibrillator – ZOLL AED Plus X05E061173
  • Mobile VHF Radio Kenwood TK7160 70600590
  • Apple IPAD 2018 7th Gen 32GIG GG7ZK5FUMDG1
  • 36” Haligon Bar, Stihl Chainsaw Chaps, Chain Saw Wedges, Stihl Saw Helmet, Streamlight Orange Flashlight, Indian Backpack Pumps, Life Vest, Throw Ropes, Bolt Cutter, Fence Tool, Shovel, Broom Rakes, Drip Torch, Gas Cans, High Pressure Firefighting Nozzles, Medical Response Bag, Spanner Wrenches, Hydrant Wrench, Flathead Axe, D Handled Pitchfork.