Man reportedly burglarizes Roy’s Store in recognizable truck, which he reportedly crashes on the way home
A warrant with a $2,500 cash-only bond has been issued for Michael Lewis Maloy, 32, of Willow Springs, in connection with the Nov. 9 break-in of Roy’s Store in Dora and the theft of several items inside the store. Maloy has been charged with burglary and theft of items totaling more than $750 in value in the case.
Maloy could be sentenced to up to 4 years in prison for each of the charges if convicted.
According to the probable cause statement prepared by Ozark County deputy Dustin Smith, the deputy was dispatched to a burglary at Roy’s Store on Highway 181 in Dora at 5:30 a.m. Nov. 9.
Smith says he noticed that the glass window in the front of the building was broken, and shards of glass were lying on the ground inside and outside the store.
Smith went inside and spoke with Rhonda Parsons and Lisa Tellez, both employees at Roy’s Store, who told the officer they’d arrived at work that morning to find the broken window and missing items.
Roy’s Store owner Sam Miller provided Smith with the store’s security camera footage, and the officer took several still photos from the video clips. A man, who Smith suspected was Maloy, was pictured on the security camera at 2:20 a.m. Nov. 9 breaking the front window and removing a number of items from the store.
The video footage reportedly shows Maloy taking individual packs and full cartoons of cigarettes, several bottles of alcohol and blocks of deli meat and cheese. Employees estimated the value of the total items stolen to be around $800.
On the security camera’s footage, Maloy is shown leaving the building with the stolen items, dressed in a hooded sweatshirt, pants and boots. He then reportedly got into his 2006 Chevrolet pickup, distinguishable by body damage along the front end and passenger’s side of the vehicle, and left.
At 4 a.m., about an hour and a half after the security footage first shows Malloy first breaking the Roy’s Store front window, he was stopped by the Missouri State Highway Patrol in the same Chevy truck. He reportedly ran off the roadway and crashed the truck.
In the MSHP trooper’s patrol vehicle footage, Maloy is seen wearing the same hooded sweatshirt, pants and boots he was allegedly wearing during the Roy’s Store break-in.
The pickup was towed by Duke’s towing after the incident. Anthony Duke, who helped tow the vehicle, reportedly told officers he’d seen several packages of cigarettes as well as “buckets of shooter bottles of alcohol,” inside the truck after it was parked at Duke’s Towing lot. The items were consistent with the ones reported missing from Roy’s Store.
Duke said Maloy later removed the tobacco and alcohol from the truck, along with other items, after it was towed.
Body damage and a recognizable box
The truck was photographed while it was parked at the Duke’s towing lot. The photos clearly show the body damage to the passenger’s side door of the truck, which correlates with those images obtained from the security footage at Roy’s Store, the probable cause statement says.
The photos also show a cardboard box lying in the bed of Maloy’s pickup that is labeled ‘Roy’s Store.’ Miller positively identified the box as one that the store had owned. The original contents of the box were found in the Roy’s Store floor, behind the counter, “indicating Maloy may have emptied the box of its contents before using it to aid in carrying our the stolen items.”
Maloy was reportedly interviewed at the Ozark County Sheriff’s Department. He did not confirm or deny involvement in the burglary, the statement says. “Maloy insisted he had no memory of having burglarized the business,” Smith wrote in the report.
The probable cause statement says the investigation is ongoing.
The Roy’s Store break-in isn’t the only charge Maloy is facing.
In Ozark County, Maloy was charged with possession of a controlled substance on Nov. 12. Court documents in that case indicate that Maloy was charged after an Ozark County deputy responded to a report of an assault. When the officer told Maloy he’d be placed in handcuffs, the defendant asked the officer if he could hand the items in his pocket to his girlfriend. The officer agreed, and Maloy removed a blue case from his pocket.
After the officer had Maloy in handcuffs, he asked the woman if he could see what was inside the blue case. She agreed. Inside, he found 18 Alprazolam and 10 Tizanidine pills, both of which are illegal without a prescription. Alprazolam is an anti-anxiety medication, and Tizanidine is a muscle relaxant.
In another case filed Nov. 19, Maloy was charged with operating a vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner involving an accident and failure to display plates on a motor vehicle or trailer in connection with the 4 a.m. crash Nov. 9.
A protection order was also issued against Maloy in an adult abuse case on Nov. 19, online records show.
Maloy is scheduled to return to court before Associate Judge Raymond Gross on Jan. 12.
Several other charges are filed in nearby counties, including Howell County, Maloy’s county of residence.