Alert: Deputy Snags Thief
On November 23, 2020, the Lewis County Sheriff's Office received a report of theft from a farm near Napa Street in rural Ewing, Missouri. A catalytic converter had been cut from a parked vehicle and tools had been taken as well. A suspect vehicle was identified during the investigation.
On November 30th, Deputy Casey Cleeton was conducting an unrelated investigation in La Belle, Missouri when he observed a silver Honda Accord fitting the description of the suspect vehicle. He conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and made contact with the driver, Austin Andrews-Dowd. During the course of the traffic stop, he located illegal drugs, stolen items from the previous theft and a sawzall used to cut off the catalytic converter.
Andrews-Dowd, age 24, of Quincy, Illinois, was arrested and subsequently charged with the following offenses: one count of possession of a controlled substance, methamphetamine, a class D felony, one count of receiving stolen property and one count of tampering - 2nd degree, both class A misdemeanors.
He remains lodged in the Lewis County Jail in lieu of a $20,000 cash only bond.
The Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol during the course of this investigation.
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