release from Springfield Police Department
On April 24, 2019, formal charges were filed on two suspects believed to be involved in several property crimes throughout the Springfield area.
Over the past several weeks, Property Crime Detectives with SPD began to notice several crimes being reported that involved what appeared to be the same red Chevrolet Cruze. The car had been recorded by surveillance cameras located at targeted areas.
Further investigation revealed a similar Chevrolet Cruze was stolen on March 5, 2019, from an apartment complex in the 2800 block of S. Fort (case number 19-08334), and the license plate displayed on the Cruze during criminal activity had been reported stolen on March 23, 2019, from a vehicle near the intersection of Sunshine & Campbell. The criminals who were linked to the vehicle were heavily involved in various property crimes which included both residential & commercial burglaries, fraudulent use of a credit device, stealing, and Tampering (Auto Theft).
Information gathered regarding the Chevrolet Cruze was distributed to SPD patrol officers who were able to locate the car parked at a residence in the 1700 block of W. Sunshine. A search warrant for the residence was later obtained, evidence was seized, and two people were arrested.
Daria Morris was officially charged with First Degree Tampering. Paul Martin was officially charged with First Degree Tampering and Receiving Stolen Property. Additional charges will be forthcoming pending the outcome of the investigation.