Belle Police Make Arrest in Burglaries
BELLE - After a string of burglaries, the Belle Police Department made an arrest Saturday, June 23, 2012. Police arrested Denene M. Gehlert, 29, of Belle, Mo. and prosecuting attorney charged her with three counts of Burgarly in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony and Stealing.
On June 15, 2012, there were three burglaries around 8:30 a.m. on 607 Martin Drive, 712 S. Taylor Street and 608 Johnson Avenue. Police investigated the the missing items, which included clothes, power tools, a sub-woofer, and other items. Sergeant Flora discovered the stolen items at Canaan Pawn LLC in Bland, Missouri. Police recovered a majority of the items from the pawn shop and employees gave a description for the individual that pawned the items.
Missouri State Highway Patrol Trooper Coby Holzschuh contacted Chief Micheal Dixon that he had located the individual. Trooper Holzschuh brought the male and female subjects into the Belle Police Department for interrogation. Through interviews, the male and female stated they had gotten the items by another female and male suspect.
On June 22nd, 2012 officers responded to 213 South Alvarado Street for a stealing investigation. Witnesses gave a description of a vehicle before the robbery occurred. Officers quickly identified the suspect vehicle and realized this was the same suspects wanted in connection with the burglaries that occurred on June 15th.
Officers quickly put out a stop and hold broadcast to all law enforcement agencies for the vehicle.The suspect vehicle was spotted in the Bland area at the Corner Market. Sergeant Flora interviewed the clerk at the convenience store, who described the same vehicle as the victims in the burglary.
On June 23rd, at approximately at 12:39pm, Officer Jason Lewis located the suspect vehicle near Highway 28 and Eighth Street and stopped the vehicle, which still had stolen items in it.
Sergeant Flora then arrested Gehlert and Maries County jail is holding her on a $60,000 bond. A warrant has been issued for a second suspect in this investigation and still remains at large.