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Suspect arrested for armed robbery on Dec. 31 in Hartville


One suspect has been arrested in relation to an armed robbery that took place on New Year’s Eve in Hartville.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, they received anonymous information on Jan. 13 on the location of Clarence Elmer Moore, Jr., 31, of Hartville. He was wanted by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office for the armed robbery and was believed to be hiding in the Denlow area of Douglas County.

On Jan. 14, the Multi-Jurisdiction Task Force (MJTF), which is composed of law enforcement from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Ozark County Sheriff’s Office, Ava Police Department and COMET Drug Task Force, deployed on an area in eastern Douglas County, where Clarence Moore Jr. fled on foot.

A manhunt began utilizing the department K-9 “Amigo” and Deputy Sam Evans deployed the drone that was purchased last year after the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received two very generous donations.

Deputy Evans was able to locate Clarence Moore Jr. with the thermal imaging on the drone and then guided Sheriff Degase to the location where Moore was hiding. Douglas County Sheriff Chris Degase then took Clarence Moore Jr. into custody without incident.

Sheriff Degase thanks the caller with the anonymous information, the MJTF, the community for their continued support and the deputies who dedicate numerous hours training and hunting those involved in illegal activity in Douglas and Ozark Counties. 

Also arrested at the time was Angelina Moore, 31, of Hartville, who was placed on a 24-hour hold for her part in assisting Clarence Moore Jr. in evading capture. All suspects should be considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.