SIKESTON - Sikeston Department of Public Safety officers have arrested two Sikeston men on unrelated burglary charges.
John Holland, 26, was charged with one count of first degree burglary and one count of second degree burglary by New Madrid County Prosecutor Louie Recker after robberies in Sikeston. Holland is also a suspect in additional robberies in an investigation by law enforcement officials from Scott, Mississippi and New Madrid counties and Paducah, Ky.
The first burglary Holland is charged with occurred at around 9 a.m. Monday at 823 Woodruff when police say the suspect or suspects broke in to the rear patio entrance.
According to the DPS, several items had already been taken and placed in a car parked in the driveway of the residence when the suspect or suspects went downstairs, woke a teen-age occupant of the house, and fled.
During the investigation of this burglary, a neighborhood resident recalled seeing a person and a car parked in the driveway. Officers checking in the area then located a car similar to the description of the car in the driveway driving a short distance away.
A vehicle stop revealed items reported stolen from the Woodruff burglary as well as from a burglary reported at 1 p.m. Monday at 838 Auburn. The car's driver, Holland, was arrested.
DPS officials said it appears Holland had broken into the home on Auburn while the officers were investigating the first burglary on Woodruff.
That evening, a search of a residence Holland was reportedly living at resulted in the recovery of additional stolen items.
Authorities are working to determine exactly where the items, which include guitars, computers, gaming consoles, jewelry and guns among other items, were stolen from, and additional arrests are pending in this investigation.
At 12:48 a.m. this morning, DPS patrol officers responded to a call at 240 Thrush in regards to a man breaking in to a Housing Authority unit. The caller relayed information that led officers right to the burglary suspect as he was leaving the house.
A remote phone and cellphone from the residence were recovered as the suspect was arrested.
DPS officials report the suspect had broken in through a front window using a screwdriver and was wearing socks on his hands to prevent fingerprints from being left at the scene.
The name of the second man arrested is being withheld pending the filing of formal charges by the Scott County Prosecutor's Office.
Public Safety Director Drew Juden praised the public efforts that assisted law enforcement officials in these two arrests.
"In both the cases citizen involvement was crucial, the information supplied was outstanding, and their willingness to get involved was exemplary," Juden said. "These people could not have been caught, especially this quickly, without people willing to call in and get involved - this was just great work by everyone."