Man ‘had a feeling’ the guns he traded pills for were stolen

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LDR STAFF ◆ EDITOR@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

A Laclede County man who broke out of a deputy’s patrol car while being arrested for stealing now faces a felony charge.

On July 19, 22-year-old Kevin Gerald Gipson was charged with a class A felony of stealing for allegedly taking two firearms, a variety of tools and some  clothing items from a man’s home in early January.

On Jan. 3, a Laclede County man reported that his home in the 27000 area of Highway 32 had been burglarized. According to a probable cause statement from the Laclede County Sheriff’s Office, someone had forced open the back door of the residence and stolen “a number” of clothing items and an assortment of tools. Also stolen were two firearms.

The next day, a Laclede County Sheriff’s Office Deputy arrested Gipson and placed him in a patrol vehicle, but Gipson broke the vehicle’s rear passenger side window and escaped custody, according to the probable cause statement.

Gipson was taken into custody “shortly after the escape,” the statement said.

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