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Riverton Store robbery suspect held in Jasper County

Police have made an arrest in connection with the armed robbery of The Old Riverton Store Monday morning.

The store was robbed at gunpoint.

Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves says that law enforcement officials in Missouri have arrested 56-year old Shelden Jack Herrelson in connection with the robbery.

“He was taken into custody by Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies and transported to the Jasper County Jail,” Groves said.

“He’ll be held there in lieu of $200,000 on a warrant from Cherokee County, pending extradition back into Kansas,” he added.

Groves said the clerk at the store was bound during the robbery.


Read the full press release below:

Just before 10:00 a.m., on Monday, December 16th, deputies from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Nelson’s Old Riverton Store after the owner reported being held at gunpoint, bound and robbed.

During the course of the investigation, the suspect was identified as 56-year-old Sheldon Jack Herrelson, of rural Joplin. Herrelson was located at a residence just on the Missouri side of the state line and was taken into custody by Missouri authorities after Cherokee County Sheriff’s Investigators secured a warrant for his arrest.

“I’m incredibly thankful first and foremost, no one, neither at the store nor law enforcement, were harmed today as a result of this incident,” stated Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

“Secondly, the level of cooperation and assistance throughout this investigation, from multiple jurisdictions including the Galena Police Department, Jasper County Missouri Sheriff’s Office and the Pittsburg Police Department, was incredible. That teamwork directly led to the suspects quick identification and capture less than 6 hours from the time crime was committed,” concluded Sheriff Groves.

Herrelson is being held in the Jasper County Jail pending extradition back to Kansas on allegations of Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, Criminal Threat, Theft, Criminal Restraint and Endangerment. His bond has been set at $200.000.00.


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