Warrants issued for Osawatomie couple in church burglary

Updated: Jan 6

MOUND CITY – An Osawatomie couple has been charged for allegedly burglarizing a church in Parker.


Linn County Attorney Burton Harding filed warrants for Matthew Allen Joles, 34, and Shila R. Fox, 30, for allegedly breaking into the First Baptist Church of Parker with the intent of committing a theft. The offense is a felony punishable by up to 34 months in prison.


According to Linn County Sheriff Kevin Friend, the pair is being held in Las Vegas, Nev., pending extradition back to Kansas.


A person was caught on cameras – recently installed outside the church – on Dec. 13. Items missing from the church included gifts purchased for a local family.

Friend said the string of local crimes committed also expanded to allegedly stealing a car in Osawatomie. However the warrants did not include additional charges.

Friend credited one of his deputies for his investigative work in helping identify the suspects and would, in turn, assist the Osawatomie police in filling charges on vehicle theft.

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