Three arrests made in Lewis County livestock equipment theft

Posted: Feb. 6, 2013 12:41 pm Updated: Feb. 20, 2013 1:15 pm


MONTICELLO, Mo. -- Three Northeast Missouri residents have been arrested in connection with the loss of stainless steel livestock equipment from a rural Monticello farm in December.

A large amount of stainless steel livestock feeders and watering systems were stolen Dec. 12 from a Lewis County swine production operation, according to Lewis County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Rob Power.

Deputies made a first arrest in the case on Feb. 2, after a person sold metal to area salvage operations in both Missouri and Illinois.

Power reports that further investigation led to two more arrests on Tuesday.

Ryan L. Gooding, 41, of 302 Sunset St., Lot 36, Monroe City; and Joseph W. Worrell, 23, and his wife, Ida M. Worrell, 20, both of 10781 Elm Road, Hannibal, are being held on suspicion of theft/stealing property of more than $25,000. Their bonds have been set at $30,000.

The Lewis County Sheriff's Department is continuing its investigation into the incident.

Assisting was the Monroe City Police Department.