- Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2016

SPARTA, Mo. (AP) - Christian County authorities are investigating the theft of guns, ammunition and uniforms from a small southwest Missouri police station.

Sheriff Brad Cole says someone broke into the Sparta police station early Friday by pushing an air-conditioning unit out of a window.

Sparta has not had a police force since December, when the police chief resigned after being criticized for shooting a caged dog.

City leaders told the Springfield News-Leader (https://sgfnow.co/1oSaAde ) in January that the city needs its own police force and will try to hire a chief and one or two other officers.

The sheriff’s department is patrolling Sparta for now.

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Information from: Springfield News-Leader, https://www.news-leader.com


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