Jewels from Lebanon robbery recovered in Springfield

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By Geoff Hamill

The Springfield Police Department has played a key role in the recovery of approximately $20,000 worth of stolen jewelry, although an estimated $40,000 worth of jewelry remains missing.

Following a Dec. 30 robbery of Lebanon Jewelry, located at 495 W. Main Street in Lebanon, Lebanon Police Chief Shelton Young said the Springfield Police Department has been a key in the recovery of some of the stolen merchandise. Young said approximately $60,000 worth of jewelry was taken in the robbery, and all that has been recovered to his knowledge was found in Washington County. He said from what his department understands, the jewelry was either sold or traded for cocaine.

James Curtis “Flipper” Means, 47, of Lebanon, is being held as the lone suspect in the case. Means was arrested on a parole violation charge according to Young, but he is being held while an indictment is sought by a Marion County Grand Jury in connection to the robbery. Young said the case is expected to go to the grand jury around Jan. 23.

“If it were not for the Springfield Police Department, I don’t think we would have been able to get this thing solved,” Young said. “Once we get into Washington County, we are out of our jurisdiction. Thanks to their efforts, we were able to break this case open.”

Young added that the investigation is continuing, but no other suspects have been identified in the case at this time.

An indictment indicates that a grand jury has found sufficient evidence for a case to go to trial.

An indictment does not indicate guilt, and anyone who is indicted is innocent until proven guilty.