WARDELL - An alert cafe owner led police to three men suspected of burglarizing his business.
At 11:50 p.m. Monday, the owner of the Stop Light Cafe in Wardell called the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office to report a burglary. The caller stated he was in pursuit of the suspects, providing the vehicle's direction of travel, a description and the license plate number.
A short time later, officers located the vehicle, which was traveling at a high rate of speed, south of Clarkton on Highway 25. After the vehicle was stopped, three suspects were taken into custody and a fourth man fled on foot.
Cody Paul, 17, and Chris Portwood, 17, and Raymond Chavez, 20, of Clarkton are charged with second degree burglary and stealing. Bond is $10,000 each.
Officers are still searching for the fourth individual.
The Dunklin County Sheriff's Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol assisted in the apprehension of the suspects.
According to the sheriff's department, the men broke the front window of the business to gain entry to the building. Two of the suspects reportedly received serious injuries from the glass, officials said.
Most of the items taken in the burglary were recovered and returned to the owner.
A burglary reported at 8 p.m. Monday was solved when officers recovered the firearm stolen from a rural Pemiscot County residence.
During the investigation of the burglary, officers arrested a 43-year-old Caruthersville man and were given consent to search his residence where they discovered the missing Mossberg 500 pump shotgun.
The suspect is being held in the Pemiscot County Jail on charges of second degree burglary and felony stealing. Bond is set at $7,500.
The man, whose name was not released by authorities, is also wanted in Stoddard County on a felony probation and parole charge with no bond and a felony child support charge with a $2,5000 cash-only bond. Also Malden authorities were seeking the individual for a failure to appear warrant.
An assault victim was treated for injuries at the Pemiscot County Memorial Hospital Sunday night and her assailant is in custody.
Officers received a report of an assault which had taken place west of Caruthersville on a rural gravel road. The 22-year-old victim was taken to a business for safety reasons and an ambulance called due to her injuries and because she was having an asthma attack.
A 23-year-old Caruthersville man was located walking near the area and detained. He is charged with second degree assault and armed criminal action. The man is being held in jail in lieu of a $35,000 bond.