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Arrest is made for string of burglaries

Wednesday, May 3, 2006

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SIKESTON -- The Department of Public Safety has made an arrest for burglaries on Sikeston's north end.

Terriel Londell Williams, 19, of Sikeston was arrested in the early Monday morning while in the process of perpetrating a burglary at 705 N. Kingshighway, according to DPS officials.

In a Tuesday press release, DPS officials stated Williams had stolen a vehicle from 312 Tanner St. and intended to use the vehicle to transport items he planned to steal from the Kingshighway residence.

This was actually the second time the vehicle was stolen in about a week, according to its owner, Mark Hensley. The first time it was stolen, the vehicle was recovered the following morning.

"He stole it the first time and then he kept a set of keys which made it available to him the second time," Hensley said. "I hadn't had the truck rekeyed yet."

Hensley said his daughter's friend noticed his truck was gone again, so when he saw DPS responding to the burglary, "I told the officers, 'I can tell you what he's driving.'"

Over the past several months, many residents in the north-central part of town have been victimized by Williams, according to DPS, who identified Williams as being the "Notorious North End Burglar."

DPS claims Williams is responsible for numerous burglaries that started in December and ended with his arrest Monday.

Area residents were credited with helping make the arrest possible. According to the press release, a resident called DPS reporting their alarm had sounded and that someone had tampered with their back door.

On-duty personnel responded to the area. At that time, they discovered the vehicle stolen from Hensley at 717 N. Kingshighway where numerous burglaries were reported previously.

DPS personnel set up a perimeter and called in additional personnel including the K-9 unit to conduct a search for the suspect.

At approximately 4:15 a.m., a suspect fled on foot after being challenged by DPS officers.

After a lengthy chase, the suspect was found hiding in some bushes in the area by the K-9 unit. The subject continued his attempted flight but was taken into custody by the canine, Eros.

Following the arrest, an interview with Williams was conducted during which Williams admitted to numerous burglaries, all of which have been submitted to Scott County Prosecuting Attorney Paul Boyd for charges.

The arrest of Williams clears the following cases, according to DPS:

* Burglaries at 102 Wallace on Jan. 4; at 501 N. Ranney on April 14; at 925 Hawthorn on April 21; at 202 College; at 999 N. Kingshighway; at 921 Park; and three burglaries at 717 N. Kingshighway;

* Tampering at 730 N. Ranney on Jan. 18; at 906 Westview on Jan. 24; at 312 Tanner on April 21; at 1004 Davis on April 25; and a 2005 Dodge truck at 705 Allen;

* Felony thefts from vehicles at 515 N. Kingshighway; at 1009 N. Ranney; at 208 Thomas; and at 924 N. Ranney; and

* A bicycle theft at 14 Belair.

During his confession, Williams admitted that one of the reasons he stayed in that particular area was because many residents left doors unlocked and vehicles with the keys in the them, making his job much easier. Williams also reportedly said he looked for areas with poor lighting to make moving in and out of the area easier.

DPS officials said they continue to remind citizens that locking doors, removing keys from cars and lighting areas around their homes will make their neighborhoods and the city safer.

Williams' bond was set at $250,000. He is currently being held at the Scott County Jail in Benton.