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Alton, Mo. — Oregon County residents, including those in the Myrtle area, can rest a little easier now.
Jeffrey Wegener, 26, was taken into custody without incident 12:36 a.m. today by deputies from the Oregon County Sheriff’s Office following up on a sighting by an Oregon County citizen. Wegener was arrested on Oregon County warrants approx. 10 miles east of Alton on U.S. Hwy. 160.
Earlier in the week Wegener had stolen an Oregon County Sheriff’s Dept. truck at the Myrtle Flash Market and taken it to the Eleven Point River access, where it was found submerged.
Police conducted a man hunt for him in the woods using a K-9 dog from Howell County but were unable to turn him up. Oregon County Sheriff George Underwood said Wegener has military training and survival skills that would enable him to survive in the Ozarks.
Wegener was wanted for probation violation in Nebraska and was believed to be mentally unstable.
He was later spotted at Route U and Hwy. 142, where he was lying down and was thought to be a coyote until he got up and started running
People in the rural communities were advised by the sheriff to lock their doors and remove keys from their vehicles.
Wegener was charged in Oregon County with 1st degree Tampering with a Motor Vehicle and Theft/Stealing of Any Firearm. He is being held at the Oregon County Jail with bond set at $70,000.
The Oregon County Sheriff’s Office greatly appreciates the assistance in the search for Wagener by officers from the Alton Police Department, Van Buren Police Department, Carter County Sheriff’s Office, Howell County Sheriff’s Office, Ripley County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the United States Forest Service.
Sheriff Underwood and his staff would like to thank the citizens of Oregon County for their assistance and support during this incident.
Update: Wegener on April 30 applied to have a public defender appointed and was denied; a counsel status hearing scheduled for May 7 was rescheduled for May 14. On May 14 he was represented by Schuyler Laverenz of West Plains, and a Criminal Setting was scheduled for 9 a.m. May 21 before Oregon County Judge Harvey Allen.