In case you missed it: 3 recent Springfield crime stories

Here are three crimes the Springfield News-Sun reported recently.

1. Springfield couple arrested after Sheriff’s office investigators recover $36K in drugs

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office arrested two Springfield residents after recovering over $36,000 in drugs following a “controlled delivery” of a package of narcotics, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

“The week prior to this operation, a package containing 20 individual bottles of 30 counts Alprazolam 2mg (Xanax), bound for 1642 Falmouth Ave. in the City of Springfield was intercepted and seized by U.S. Postal Inspectors,” the statement said. “It was discovered that several similar packages from the same return address had been delivered to this Springfield address over the past several months.”

Upon delivery of the package, the statement said, a male suspect later identified as Darrell Spell, 26, accepted the package and took it into the residence at Falmouth Avenue.

A search warrant was then executed on the house. During the search warrant, investigators located Spell, Stacy Mansfield and three children.

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“Investigators were able to locate the delivered package, that had already been opened by the suspects,” the statement said. “The estimated street value of the recovered narcotics is $9,000, however, the retail price printed on each package was $732 to a total retail value of $21,960.”

In addition to the package with narcotics, investigators also located evidence of previous narcotic shipments, cash, additional narcotics and drug paraphernalia, the statement said. In total, investigators recovered 50 bottles (1500 pills) of Alprazolam 2mg (Xanez) with an estimated street value of $15,000 and retail value of $36,600, the statement said.

Spell is charged with trafficking in drugs and Mansfield is charged with trafficking in drugs and three counts of child endangering.

They were arraigned in Clark County Municipal Court on Tuesday and given a bond of $15,000 each.

The investigation into Mansfield and Spell is ongoing, the statement said, and additional charges could be added at a later date.

2. Man pleads not guilty to robbing Sprinfield Subway with fake gun 

Allan Massie pleaded not guilty to robbery with a repeat violent offender specification, court records show. He was given a bond of $15,000, or 10%.

Officers responded around 12 p.m. on Friday to Subway at 2111 Park Road in reference to an armed robbery that had just occurred, according to a Springfield police report.

When police arrived, an employee said that a man “with a blue hoodie, mask and a gun had entered the store, pointed the handgun at her and demanded money,” the report says.

According to a store surveillance video, a man enters the door, pulls out a handgun and points it at where the employee and cash registers are, the report says. The suspect then goes to the counter, points the gun at the employee while waiting for the money, gets an unknown amount of cash then flees out of the front doors.

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“(The employee) stated that as the suspect walked in and toward her, he stated, “Give me your money, open the register and give me everything you got now,” the report says. “The (employee) further stated that as the suspect left, he told her, “Don’t call the police, if you do I’ll turn around and shoot you.”

While reviewing the surveillance video, another officer and Clark County deputy sergeant found a possible suspect on Broadway Street

The suspect, identified as Massie, was brought back to Subway and identified by the employee, the report says.

Officers then asked Massie where he left the gun, which he said was a toy and that he would take them to where it was on West North Street, the report says. Officers located a “revolver looking pellet gun” and a blue hooded jacket on the side of a barn in the 1800 block.

Massie was arrested and charged with robbery.

3. Vehicle a total loss after arson incident

Officers were dispatched around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday to the 1500 block of South Limestone Street on a report of an arson to a vehicle, according to a Springfield police report.

When police arrived, they met with a Fire Captain who confirmed the fire as an arson to a 2013 Dodge Charger that was parked in the front yard and listed for sale.

The reporting party told officers she parked the vehicle in the front yard on Friday evening and was awaken on Saturday morning to someone telling her something was on fire.

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“When looking out the front window of her house at 5:29 a.m., she noticed the vehicle was on fire and immediately called 911,” the report says.

The Fire Captain found evidence of the arson incident on the front porch of the house.

“Captain located an anti-freeze bottle on the front porch that had what smelled like gasoline inside of it. There was also a rag sitting on the table next to the anti-freeze jug (the reporting party) stated wasn’t hers and wasn’t there last night,” the report says

The 2013 Dodge Charger was a total loss, the captain said.

No witness or suspect information was available.

Springfield fire and police divisions continue their investigation into this arson incident.

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