A New London man arrested on Sunday by Hannibal police in connection with a vehicle theft was also wanted for failure to appear in court on a charge of theft/stealing property or services less than $500, a Class A misdemeanor.
A warrant for Jason Edward Stamper, 26, of 18955 Highway FF, New London, was issued on Oct. 17 on the original theft charge. He was arraigned on Oct. 25 before Judge John J. Jackson in Marion County Associate Court. According to court documents, Stamper failed to show up for his plea/trial setting scheduled for Nov. 1, and a warrant was issued for failure to appear.
This warrant was served on Stamper on Nov. 17, at the time of his arrest related to the vehicle theft charge.
Hannibal police report that a vehicle was reported stolen from a service station in the 100 block of Shinn Lane on Nov. 15. The owner of the stolen vehicle reported he had parked his truck, which was pulling a trailer and a 4 wheel ATV, with keys inside. When he returned, the vehicle was gone.
The stolen vehicle was located on the parking lot of a hotel in the 4100 block of Market St., on Nov. 16. The next day, officers received a tip that the suspect believed to have taken the truck was at a residence in the 900 block of Vermont. Stamper was placed under arrest at the residence, and released to the Marion County Jail on a 24-hour hold.
The trailer and ATV were later recovered in Ralls County.
A warrant was issued Sunday, Nov. 17, by the Marion County Circuit Court charging Stamper with tampering in the first degree. He is being held on a $25,000 cash-only bond.