PITTSBURG — A tiny house reported stolen from a Springfield, Missouri mall was found across state lines in Pittsburg Sunday.
Front Porch Boutique, a store based in Rolla, Missouri, utilized the tiny house as a traveling store. It was built on a trailer and parked at Battlefield Mall in Springfield Friday to be open for business Saturday.
Front Porch Owner Lisa Stubblefield arrived at Battlefield Mall Saturday to find an empty parking space where the tiny house had been.
Stubblefield reported the tiny house stolen to Springfield Police Department, and made a post on Front Porch Boutique’s Facebook asking followers to share information that the house had been stolen.
According to a post made by Stubblefield on the Front Porch Facebook group, she received a direct message from a Facebook follower that a house matching the description was in Pittsburg.
Stubblefield notified the Pittsburg Police Department of the tip, and according to PPD Sgt. Adam Harrison, the trailer was located in the 800 block of W. 6th Street parked in the roadway.
“We confirmed that the tiny house was the one out of Springfield,” Harrison said. “The trailer is currently pending transfer back to the registered owner.”
PPD is currently investigating the incident and working in cooperation with SPD on its investigation. According to Harrison, if the tiny house was stolen and knowingly transported across state lines, charges could be filed in both states.
Harrison said no persons were located at the scene or inside of the tiny house and no arrests have currently been made.
— Chance Hoener is a staff writer for the Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @ReporterChance.