Ray Co. man charged with burglary

Sheriff’s Department believes recovered items linked to seven possible break-ins in county

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News

A rural Richmond man was charged with first-degree burglary and three counts of stealing, a C felony, by the Ray County Prosecutor’s office March 20.

Nathan Thomas Beagley, 32, is in custody at Ray County Jail on a $10,000 bond with no 10 percent allowed.

Beagley’s arrest came after deputies executed a search warrant at his residence on Franklin Road. Ray County Sheriff’s deputies recovered a large amount of stolen items, according to Undersheriff Brian Bush.

“We have linked these items to seven burglaries within Ray County and two burglaries in Independence. We believe we’ll be able to link these (stolen) items to other area burglaries,” he said in a press release.

Beagley’s charges stem from stolen property from the residence of John W. Norris of rural Richmond. Items valued at around $12,700 – mostly guns, money and musical instruments – were taken while Norris was at work March 13, according to the probable cause statement.


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