Just over a year ago, a Ford F-350 truck and a white trailer loaded with fireworks were stolen from Dynomite Fireworks in Seymour.
Late last month, the man who took the truck and trailer, Kody Johnson of Billings, plead guilty to the theft of a motor vehicle and received a six-year sentence in the Missouri Department of Corrections (DOC) and was directed to pay nearly $30,000 in restitution.
Sgt. Chase Davis of the Seymour Police Department said Johnson and three other suspects went on a stealing spree last year, with the crime occurring at Seymour’s Dynomite Fireworks on April 12, 2019.
“They had $60,000 in stolen property when they were caught,” Davis said. He noted that two of the three suspects currently are facing criminal charges, while the other person is facing charges.
When the crime in Seymour was reported, Steven Pogue, then a patrolman for the local force, took the initial report.
Davis then entered the case as its investigator.
The trailer was recovered in Billings on May 6, 2019.
“The truck never was found,” Davis said. “(Johnson) said it was buried in Christian County. But we did get the trailer back, which had some of the fireworks. We also got the bed from the truck that they had cut off.”
The Dynomite truck, after its theft, was used to steal a hay baler from the Heritage John Deere tractor dealership in Rogersville.
In an interview with Davis on June 24, 2019, Johnson admitted his role in stealing the truck and trailer from Dynomite Fireworks, said he was the driver of the stolen truck, admitted that he helped cut the bed off the truck and then helped bury it.
“Anthony Kelly (owner of Dynomite) had total losses of $29,900,” Davis concluded.
The other three suspects in the case will face the same charges as Johnson.
Two of them are from Christian County, while the third is from Douglas County, Davis said.