BENTON -- A Sikeston man was arrested Monday when a sheriff's deputy found him hiding in the closet of a home he broke into in rural Benton.
Kelan F. Watkins, 19, threw a concrete yard decoration through a glass storm door to enter a home on County Highway 403 in unincorporated Scott County near Benton around 3:40 a.m., according to a Scott County Sheriff's Department news release.
The resident of the home hid in the basement while Watkins allegedly searched the upper floor of her home, the release stated. The resident called the police from the basement.
A sheriff's deputy on patrol arrested Watkins when he found the defendant hiding in a closet in the home, the release stated.
Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter praised 911 operators who kept the victim on the telephone, keeping her calm and getting additional information until the deputy was on the scene, he said.
Watkins was charged with first-degree burglary, misdemeanor stealing and property damage. Bond was set at $40,000. He is to be arraigned before Associate Circuit Court Judge David C. Mann today.