Teenage Burglary Suspect Caught in Gasconade Countyemissourian.com
September 24, 2011
The Gasconade County Sheriff’s Response Team (SRT) was dispatched Thursday afternoon to raid a vacant farmhouse near Drake where a Washington burglary suspect was hiding. The SRT arrested the 15-year-old male suspect, who was found sitting in the living room holding two knives. The suspect relinquished the knives and was arrested without incident, Gasconade County Sheriff Randy Esphorst reported.
The suspect was turned over to Franklin County juvenile authorities and later taken to the juvenile detention center in St. Charles County.
The teen is suspected of stealing three handguns after breaking into a home off of East Lane Drive Monday, Sept. 19, according to police detectives.
The suspect evaded law enforcement authorities for several days until city detectives learned that he possibly was hiding at the farmhouse near Drake that was owned by the family of a friend.
Sheriff Esphorst said SRT members searched the home but did not find any of the stolen handguns.
Police said it’s believed the teen entered the home through a bathroom window and left through a kitchen door.
A backpack containing textbooks with the teen’s name inside was found outside the house, according to police.
Detective Sgt. Brad Erisman said that the handguns had not been recovered as of Friday morning. .
The investigation is continuing and may result in the arrest of a second suspect for receiving stolen property, Erisman said.
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