CARUTHERSVILLE -- A break in a rash of burglaries could possibly clear thefts stemming back over the last three years in southeast Missouri, northwest Tennessee and northern Arkansas, according to law enforcement officials.
Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell reports at approximately 7 p.m. Saturday, the sheriff's office received a report of a residential burglary west of Hayti on Highway 412. The callers reported coming home and finding an unknown vehicle occupied by an older male in their driveway. The caller stated the older male gave two different stories of why he was at their home and stated he had dropped off another male who was in the backyard of the residence.
The callers obtained a vehicle description and license information from the suspect vehicle in the driveway and reported that to the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office when placing the call.
The residence had been burglarized and several weapons taken from a gun cabinet in the home. The second suspect fled the home and dropped the guns taken from the residence near a fence in the backyard and is still at large.
Pemiscot County deputies, Dunklin County deputies, Hayti police, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri Department of Conservation agents all responded to the area in hopes of locating the suspects and suspect vehicle, which was later found at residence in Kennett. The first suspect later turned himself in at the Dunklin County Jail.
Further investigation and questioning of the suspect into several area burglaries, which were mainly gun and jewelry burglaries, resulted in the suspect confessing to committing most of the burglaries himself, with the exception of a few in which an accomplice was with him.
The list of burglaries committed by this suspect is extensive and includes most or all of every Southeast Missouri Bootheel counties and locations in Arkansas and Tennessee.
As a result, investigators have been led to several different locations in which a large amount of weapons have been recovered and are being processed to find out if they are stolen and where the weapons are stolen from.
The Federal Bureau of Alcohol-Tobacco and Firearms was called in due to the amount of weapons lost in the burglaries and the amount of weapons being seized as the result of the ongoing current investigation.
The investigation into the stolen guns and the burglaries continue by local and federal investigators. More details will be released pending further investigation. Other suspects are being sought in connection to these burglaries.
Anyone who has information that may be useful to the law enforcement officials should call the Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office at (573) 333-4101 or the Dunklin County Sheriff's Office at (573) 888-2424.