Deputies Capture Burglary Ring Suspects

Published by Scott Rice on

On 8/29/2023 Sgt. Labby and Sgt. Carriger located a suspect in a theft of a John Deere Gator from the Conway area. The suspect was questioned and admitted his involvement in the theft of the Gator and agreed to show Deputies where it had been taken. Sgt. Carriger and Sheriff Rice took the suspect to the area of Camdenton County where he was able to show them the location of the stolen property. Camden County Deputies assisted in making contact with the homeowner and retrieving the stolen John Deere Gator which has been returned to the rightful owner.


Philip Ace Comer was located, questioned, and arrested for his role in the same theft later that same day. Comer also admitted to his involvement in other area thefts. Philip was subsequently charged with Stealing $750 or more, a Class D Felony, by the Dallas County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.


On 8/30/2023 Deputies located Michael John Shanks, Jr., who had been wanted for questioning in several area thefts in the Elkland area. Deputies found shanks with stolen property from area thefts and items used in the abuse of illegal narcotics. Sgt. Carriger was able to obtain a search warrant for Michael Shanks, JR.’s property where several stolen items were located. Michael Shanks, JR. has been charged with the Class B Felony of Trafficking in Stolen Identities along with three counts of the Class D Felony of Stealing.


Both Comer and Shanks have been linked to several theft investigations in Dallas County over the last couple of months. The investigation into the crimes Comer and Shanks have been involved in continues and more charges are expected at the completion of the investigations.


Both Comer and Shanks remain in custody at the Dallas County Jail. Anyone with information on criminal activity that Comer and/or Shanks have been involved in are asked to contact Det. Sgt. Carriger at the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office by calling 417-345-2441.


All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law