Ryan T. Tatum

Ryan T. Tatum

An Ozark man landed back in jail after probation officers say he failed to live up to his end of a plea bargain.

Ryan T. Tatum, 25, was arrested June 6, after a Christian County judge issued a warrant for his arrest in 2018.

Tatum was convicted in 2016 of two counts of first degree burglary, a class B felony, and four counts of forgery, a class C felony.

In 2016, Tatum was indicted for stealing purse from his 89-year-old neighbor. The woman told police that she went to bed one night, that her purse was under a yellow rocking chair in her bedroom, and when she woke up the next morning, the purse was gone.

According to a probable cause statement, Tatum went shopping at The Buckle at Battlefield Mall in Springfield, where he purchased $460 worth of clothing with the woman’s credit card.

The woman told police officers that she had given Tatum money in the past on multiple occasions, “to help him out,” the probable cause statement reads.

Police reportedly found a stolen Social Security card, driver’s license and prescription drugs belonging to another woman who was also one of Tatum’s neighbors, according to court documents.

The woman whose card was used for the shopping spree at The Buckle told police that some other items from her home were missing, including medications she and her husband used to treat arthritis symptoms.

Tatum was sentenced to 120 days in county jail and five years of supervised probation for the burglary and forgery convictions in Christian County. Online court records show Tatum violated terms of probation once in November 2016, then failed to appear in court for a violation hearing. He was sentenced to serve an additional 30 days in jail in December 2016. He was ordered to stay out of the neighborhood in Ozark where the theft occurred.

Twenty-two days after his release from jail, the Division of Probation and Parole reported Tatum for a probation violation on Jan. 12, 2017. Tatum was in and out of jail two more times in 2017 and 2018 on violations reported by probation officers. In total, officers filed five different violations in less than two and a half years.

In 2017, Tatum pleaded guilty to trafficking in stolen identities in Greene County and received a 10-year sentence in prison. However, the execution of that sentence was suspended by Greene County Judge Thomas Mountjoy, and Tatum was sentenced to five years of supervised probation. Tatum was arrested in Greene County of May 20, and appeared before a judge in Springfield June 5, for a probation violation hearing.

Tatum posted a $10,000 bond in Greene County and has a hearing set for Aug. 7. On the same day he bonded out of jail in Springfield, Tatum was arrested and taken to the Christian County Jail in Ozark.

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