By Linda Russell
Law enforcement officers in Greene County spent all day Thursday on a manhunt in a mission to stop cattle thefts. The Greene County Sheriff's Department and Missouri State Highway Patrol searched for a man who eluded them in western Greene County. They believe he's connected to multiple agricultural crimes. They arrested Howard Perryman of Monett shortly after 6 p.m.
It all started with an attempted traffic stop around 6:00 Thursday morning. The pursuit started in a rural area southeast of Ash Grove, and led to an area northeast of the town, near the Phenix Quarry.
"This is an active, ongoing investigation, has been for some time. So today was the time that we were going to initiate an arrest," said Greene County Sheriff Jim Arnott.
Investigators believe Perryman is connected to multiple cattle and vehicle thefts. They think the white Chevrolet flat-bed pickup that he was driving is stolen. "The big thing we want to encourage people is, if you see somebody suspicious in this area specifically, or somebody that's coming out of a field that doesn't belong, to call 911," said Arnott.
The man had driven into a field during the pursuit, and the sheriff believes he could have found a hiding spot, remaining in the truck, in the very rural area.
"There is so much dense coverage of trees and things like that- even in an airplane, it's difficult to see if the vehicle is hidden," Arnott said. More....