Criminal Investigation Division
A Detective with the Stone County Sheriff's Office may be required to perform numerous Law Enforcement related tasks, and these vary by assignment. Regardless of assignment, it is the responsibility of all Detectives to provide the highest degree of law enforcement possible to the citizens of Stone County by utilizing the resources that are made available to them. A Detective pledges to serve with integrity, professionalism, dedication, competence, and character. Detectives will apply the laws of the State of Missouri and the United States of America fairly to those we serve.
Preliminary investigations begin when the first law enforcement officer arrives at a suspected crime scene, or information is received by any Stone County Sheriff's Office staff concerning an alleged crime. The preliminary investigation continues until postponed, transferred to another office or agency, or it is determined no prosecutable crime exists. First, responding Deputies' responsibilities are part of the preliminary investigation and may vary with the type of crime investigated and information developed.
Detailed investigations are an extension of the preliminary investigation. The purpose of the detailed inquiry is to provide additional investigative support to determine the offenses that may have been committed, affect the arrest of any offenders and/or recover stolen property. Reports of felony offenses deemed to require detailed investigation are assigned to Detectives.
Detectives and management of the Stone County Sheriff's Office work to maintain a productive working relationship with the Stone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, by supporting the judicial process with accurate, evenhanded, and timely investigations. We are mindful that our role is to clear the innocent, as much as it is to identify and help prosecute the accused.
Seven Detectives staff the Criminal Investigative Division (CID).
Detective Devon Stegeman: primary assignment is the investigation of crimes against children.
Detective Justin Scroggins: primary assignment is the investigation of felony offenses occurring in the Lampe, Blue Eye, and Shell Knob areas. Scroggins is also a licensed Unmanned Aerial Systems pilot.
Detective Brian Landreth: primary assignment is the investigation of felony offenses in the Crane, Hooten Town, Marionville, and Nixa areas.
Detective Clint Caperton: primary assignment is the investigation of felony offenses in the Reeds Spring, Branson West, Branson, Indian Point, Kimberling City and Y Highway areas. Caperton is also our agency's training coordinator.
Detective Kyle Colman: Primary assignment is the investigation of felony offenses in the Northern Stone County including Galena, Cape Fair, Abesville, northern Reeds Spring, and is the custodian of the Sheriff's Office digital forensics system. Colman is also a licensed Unmanned Aerial Systems pilot.
The seventh Detective is assigned to the proactive pursuit of narcotics violators throughout the county utilizing both covert and overt measures.
Stone County Sheriff's Office is a member of the Tri-Lakes Regional Internet Crimes Task Force. This task force is a part of the larger MO ICAC Task Force which is based out of St Charles County in Missouri. The task force works with other counties in a ten-county area to combat the crimes of child exploitation and other cybercrimes against children. Cyber tips are received from federal agencies which monitor social networking websites when a child posts inappropriate photos; or if an individual is trying to connect with a child through social media platforms.