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Published April 8, 2020

Series of arrests closes cases

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – Arrests made at the Menards in Lake Ozark may have closed numerous cases in the lake area.

On Saturday, March 28, the Miller County K-9 Team was dispatched to Menards in Lake Ozark to assist the Lake Ozark Police Department.

While on scene, deputies identified the suspect’s vehicle as the alleged stolen vehicle from Kelsay Auto Sales in Iberia.

According to the Miller County Sheriff’s Office (MCSD) a search of the vehicle yielded narcotics, a stolen firearm, and numerous stolen items from several cases around the Lake area.

Both occupants, Cody Dale Umfleet, 28, of Iberia, MO and Matthew Christopher Edington, 32, of Camdenton, MO, were arrested at the scene.

Detectives from the Miller County Sheriff’s Office, the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, the Lake Ozark Police Department, and the Osage Beach Police Department conducted interviews with Umfleet, linking him to the burglary and arson of Helton’s Mini Mart in Brumley, a recovered stolen vehicle reported from the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, along with several other felony investigations, the MCSD stated.

That evening, the Miller County SWAT team executed a search warrant on an apartment on Gardner Street in Iberia.

Michael Joseph Spencer, 20, of Iberia, MO, was arrested.

Inside the home, MCSD deputies claim to have located narcotics and a stolen firearm.

A second search warrant was executed at an address on Rabbit Head Road outside of Iberia where several alleged stolen items from a burglary in the City of Osage Beach were discovered.

The next day (Wednesday, April 1) detectives went to an address on Cedar Lane outside of Iberia on a follow up investigation.

A search warrant was executed and a stolen 2012 Jeep Wrangler from Osage Beach was recovered.

Umfleet was charged by the Miller County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office with the following charges:

• Three counts of Burglary - 2nd Degree
• Stealing - $750 Or More
• Two counts of Stealing - Motor Vehicle/Watercraft/Aircraft
• Property Damage - 2nd Degree

He is being held in the Camden County Jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash or Surety Bond.

Edington was charged with two counts of violation of his probation and is being held in the Miller County Adult Detention Center with no bond allowed.

Spencer was charged by the Miller County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office with:

• Delivery Of Controlled Substance Except 35 Grams Or Less Of Marijuana Or Synthetic Cannabinoid
• Receiving Stolen Property

He is being held in the Miller County Adult Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 Cash or Surety bond.

“The Miller County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the vigilance of the citizens in our communities along with the assistance of the Camden County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Ozark Police Department, Osage Beach Police Department and the Missouri State Fire Marshal’s Office,” said Miller County Sheriff Louie Gregoire. “I feel these cases were resolved so quickly and effectively due to the cooperation and good working relationship between all agencies involved.”

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