Police link Joplin area man to several burglaries

Police Link Joplin Area Man To Several Burglaries

JOPLIN, Mo. – Police link a Joplin area man to six July burglaries.

The Jasper County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Brady C. Shafer, 29, with 2nd-degree burglary for breaking into the First Baptist Church. On July 18, 2021, at 8:38 p.m., Joplin Police officers and Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to the church for an alarm. It’s located at 41st and Connecticut.

They got there and found a broken window. While getting ready to clear the building, they say a man fled from the church on foot. A Joplin Police Department K9 apprehended the man.

Authorities identified the suspect as Brady Shafer, who identified himself as homeless.

JPD detectives linked Shafer to other burglaries during their investigation.

  • Bodegas, 515 S. Main Street- reported to JPD on July 11th
  • Bartlett’s Shoe Company, 303 S. Main Street- reported to JPD on July 12th
  • New Hope Church, 606 S. Moffet Avenue- reported to JPD on July 17th
  • St. Phillips Episcopal Church, 706 S. Byers Avenue- reported to JPD on July 18th
  • South Joplin Christian Church, 1901 S. Pearl Avenue- reported to JPD on July 18th

Detectives are asking the prosecutor’s office to charge Shafer with burglary-related charges for these incidents. Shafer is at the Newton County Jail.

If you have information about these incidents, you can call the Joplin Police Department at 417-623-3131

Other charges

According to court documents, Shafer is also facing a controlled substance charge from June and has a failure to appear warrant that was issued five days ago.