Jail time for looting Joplin dealer after 2011 tornado

Publish Date: 
Sep 17, 2012

CARTHAGE, Mo. – A Missouri judge has sentenced a man to “shock incarceration” for looting a Joplin powersports store the night of the devastating tornado in May 2011.

“In the course of one night, you destroyed our business,” former Family Powersports owner Shane Smith told convicted burglar Jake A. Busby at a hearing Sept. 14.

Circuit Judge David Mouton sentenced Busby, 27, to two concurrent seven-year terms on convictions for second-degree burglary and theft. The judge sentenced the defendant under a state shock-incarceration program, meaning he must serve 120 days in prison before he can be brought back before the judge for possible placement on probation, according to the Joplin Globe.

Busby, a longtime customer of the shop, broke in it the night of May 22, 2011, and stole about $20,000 worth of motorcycles, ATVs, scooters and tools.

Following the break-in, Smith took the business online-only, selling PG&A. His insurance covered just $3,000 of the loss, and the resulting financial hardship forced him to close the business, he said. Smith told the court that Busby has shown no remorse and instead harassed his family with restraining orders in the year since the crime.

Busby pleaded guilty in July to burglary and theft in a plea agreement that dropped three other counts of theft that he was facing in the break-in.

Posted by Holly Wagner