Rachel A. Young, d/o/b 6-26-1975, of Branson, pled guilty Thursday, August 22nd, to the felonies of burglary in the second degree and receiving stolen property in the Circuit Court of Taney County. Judge Mark Orr sentenced Young to serve five (5) years in the Missouri Department of Corrections on each of the two (2) counts, pursuant to a plea agreement.

April 25, 2013, an apartment on Lakewood Drive was burglarized. The residents called and reported to Taney County deputies that they had left their apartment at about 1 p.m. and returned about 7:30 p.m. to find their apartment burglarized, and several items stolen. Among the stolen items was a credit card that was being used in Branson on that same day. Further investigation led officers to the individuals who were using the credit card: Rachel Young and her son Damon Jaroscak. Once contacted by deputies, it was discovered that Young and Jaroscak were in possession of the other items stolen from the victims’ apartment. Young and Jaroscak used the credit card at Wal-Mart and Taco Bell before being arrested.

“This was an instance of good and timely investigative work by law enforcement officers,” said Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell. “Quality investigations result in quality prosecution, so then thieves like Ms. Young have to face the consequences.”