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Man Charged With Auto Thefts, Burglary in Pacific

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Posted: Friday, November 29, 2013 7:30 pm

An Arizona man on probation in several Missouri counties for auto theft and burglary is facing similar charges in Franklin County.

Garrett Phippen, 22, whose address is listed in court documents as Chino Valley, Ariz., was charged with one count of burglary and two counts of stealing a motor vehicle.

Pacific Police Capt. Larry Cook said the charges stem from an incident in July 2012.

Cook said Phippen allegedly first stole a vehicle in Rolla, then drove east on Interstate 44 toward St. Louis.

Phippen was low on gas when he got to the Pacific area, Cook said, and allegedly broke into a small car dealership at the east end of town, where he took the keys to a black Ford F-150.

Cook said Phippen allegedly went to St. Louis that night and stayed in a motel.

On his way back, Phippen again ran low on gas in St. Clair. According to police, he crashed the truck into a soda machine hoping to get enough change for fuel.

“He damaged the vehicle too much so he got a ride back to Pacific and stole a blue Dodge Ram truck from the same dealer,” Cook said.

Phippen also needed gas money, so he backed the truck into a check cashing store on Osage, police allege.

“He found a Crown Royal bag with about $20 in change,” he said.

Cook said Rolla police contacted his office Sept. 2 and told Pacific detectives they had Phippen in custody and he allegedly admitted to stealing the vehicles and the burglary.

A warrant was issued by Franklin County for Phippen’s arrest Wednesday. His bond is set at $25,000 in this case.

Phippen previously received suspended sentences and was on supervised probation after pleading guilty to felony charges in Crawford, Pulaski and Phelps counties, according to online court documents.

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