Deputies searching for 2 men in theft case

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BARTON COUNTY, Mo. — Two suspects are still on the run in Barton County.

Wednesday morning, they ran from police on 126 Highway west of I-49.

Authorities found stolen equipment in the roadway and it was removed. Multiple agencies have been searching on the ground.

A sheriff’s deputy was also in the sky for part of the day searching an area. However, police have not been able to find the two men.

Jasper police monitored the situation and were on standby at the school during dismissal.

Authorities aren’t giving up on the search. They say they’ll be driving the area near the highway and interstate.

They are searching in the area of SW 15th Lane, south of 126 Highway. They ask that if you see 2 men walking in the area to please call 911. And if you live around the area, they advise you lock your vehicles and secure your farm equipment.

Sheriff Mitchell Shaw says:

“Stolen equipment was located at that location and has been removed from the roadway. Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers, Deputies from the Sheriff’s Office and the Lamar Police Department have been searching the area.

K9 officer Toby Luce and Officer Robert Lawrence has been out searching a wooded area with K9 Hondo. At this time the subjects have not been found.”

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