On Friday, August 26, 2011, The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrested 19-year-old Joseph Walker the 3rd of Winfield, Missouri in connection with breaking in to over 160 vehicles. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Division had been attempting to locate an older model Black GMC Sonoma. The driver of the Sonoma was observed on surveillance camera several days earlier, both at Jack in the Box and Fast Lane in Troy, making purchases with a stolen credit card from one of the vehicles.
On Friday afternoon Lincoln County Deputy Deputies spotted the vehicle on Ridge Road and made contact with the driver, Walker and two other passengers. The contact led to the arrest of Walker.
Interviews were conducted with Walker both by Lincoln County Detectives and Troy Police Department Detectives. Walker confessed to breaking in to over 160 vehicles over the span of one month. Walker stated he worked alone and implicated no other suspects.
During the investigation some stolen property was recovered; however, most had already been disposed of.
At this time, Walker is being held at the Lincoln County Jail on a $35,000 cash only bond.