May 24, 2017
Last week a Dallas County jury found Christian Stonerock, 23, Buffalo, guilty of burglary of a Hale's Fireworks warehouse in June of 2014. He was charged as a prior and persistent offender, and his sentencing is scheduled to take place July 18 at 1:30 p.m.
In his probable cause statement, Deputy Darren Cheek of the Dallas County Sheriff's Office reported that on June 21, 2014, Nickolas Bailey, manager of the warehouse, said that $124,510 worth of fireworks had been taken.
On June 28, 2014 Stonerock was contacted by the Missouri State Highway Patrol regarding a Craigslist advertisement he had placed, advertising the selling of fireworks. On that same day Stonerock arrived at the Walmart store at Kansas Expressway and Interstate 44 in Springfield and sold a pickup truck loaded with fireworks to an undercover MSHP investigator for $1,000, the report said.
According to the report, Stonerock told law officers that he had taken fireworks from the Hale Fireworks warehouses at Soda Creek Road three times and sold fireworks to five different people.
Stonerock also was charged in March with burglary in the second degree for allegedly stealing $10,000 worth of products from Hale's Soda Creek Road warehouse on May 24, 2016. He was charged as a prior and persistent offender because he had two previous convictions.
Recently Stonerock was charged with burglary in the second degree for allegedly taking $13,585 worth of items from the residence of John Kerbaugh at 128 Hemlock Drive in Buffalo. Again, Stonerock was charged as a prior and persistent offender and his bond was set at $30,000.
In his probable cause statement, Deputy Darren Cheek of the Dallas County Sheriff's Office reported that Kerbaugh reported the burglary on June 15, 2016. The property stolen included 13 firearms and multiple family heirlooms including pocket watches, rings and silver coins.
The report stated that on Jiune 16, 2016 Stonerock sold several items to a gold and silver buyer named Doug Gooch, including nine Morgan Silver Dollars, 95 90-percent silver American coins, one 10K white gold ring with blue stone, one 10K yellow gold woman's band, and three pocket watches. Stonerock was paid a total of $360 for the items.
Deputy Cheek said that on April 25, 2017 he was conducting a search on the Leads Online program for possible stolen property stolen from Dallas County. During the search he located a transaction made by Stonerock on June 16, 2016. He then contacted Kerbaugh to try to identify the items Stonerock sold during the transaction. After reviewing a photograph taken by Gooch durig the transaction, Karbaugh immediately recognized the gold ring with blue stone as his property.
Deputy Cheek said that on May 15, 2017 he interviewed Stonerock at the Dallas County Sheriff Office, and Stonerock admitted his role in the burglary of the Karbaugh residence. Stonebrook said he broke into the house and stole firearms and other items, according to the report.