SIKESTON --Two adults and two juveniles were taken into custody after a two week investigation into a number of burglaries, according to Sikeston Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden.
Jason Gary, 23, and Eric Greer, 21, of Sikeston, are charged with multiple counts of burglaries, possession of stolen property and two counts of endangering the welfare of children used to help in the burglaries. Both men are being held in the Scott County Jail, Gary under $50,000 bond and Greer under $25,000 bond.
Two juveniles were placed in detention by Scott County Juvenile authorities who also assisted in the investigation.
According to reports, the investigation into a number of burglaries and thefts dates back for almost a year. According to Juden, a detective from the department picked up a juvenile in connection with a recent crime. During that interview he implicated himself and others involved in over 30 different crimes.
During the investigation, three search warrants were served at residences in Sikeston to locate stolen property.
"A lot of property has been recovered, most of which we know where it came from, but there is still quite a bit that we are still trying to figure out exactly whose it is," Juden said.
The investigation proved to be unique for officers as the crimes occurred all over town and were not isolated to one area, as is usually the case. The crimes ranged from Sunset Drive all the way to the 2300 block of Ables Road. The common link in most crimes of this nature is the victims were known by the suspects, who had been in their homes at some time prior to committing the crimes.
Juden said the investigation is continuing and additional arrests are expected for a variety of charges. With the magnitude of the investigation, it will take some time to get everyone arrested and the appropriate charges assigned by the Scott County Prosecutor's office, he said.
Juden praised the work of Detective John Blakely, who spearheaded the investigation, stating that this was just "good, old fashion police work and getting the most out of interviewing suspects.
"Detective Blakely is a prime example of the type of officers that we have working for DPS and should be commended for his work," Juden said.