Springfield, Mo. – A significant uptick of air conditioning units reported stolen over the summer led the Springfield Police Department Property Crimes Unit to identifying and charging Jeffrey Brockman, 40, and Brandin Hylton, 35.
Hylton and Brockman have been arrested and are being held at the Greene County Jail. Hylton has a $5,000 bond and Brockman has a $50,000 bond.
The Springfield Police Department presented the cases to the Greene County Prosecutor's Office. Hylton was charged with stealing and tampering with a motor vehicle. Brockman was charged with felony stealing and tampering with a motor vehicle.
Cpl. Zachary Pugh was initially assigned to one theft report and, after identifying Brockman and Hylton, was able to connect the suspects with 12 other similar theft reports. In total, 16 air conditioning units were stolen with a total financial loss to the businesses of $100,000-150,000.
The Greene County Prosecutor’s Office cautions that the charges contained in the felony complaint are merely allegations and that the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.
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Case Numbers: 23-24361, 23-24373, 23-24450, 23-24966, 23-26816, 23-24852, 23-22969, SPO2023-1289, SPO2023-1355, SPO2023-1377, SPO2023-1230, 23-22820, 23-25030
Media Contact: PAO Cris Swaters
Release authorized by Lt. Annesha Umbarger