Columbia Police Looking for Suspect in Recent Break-Ins

6 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, November 21 2013 Nov 21, 2013 Thursday, November 21, 2013 5:15:00 PM CST November 21, 2013 in News
By: Ashley Arp, KOMU 8 News Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Investigators from the Columbia Police Department are looking for one suspect they believe is involved in a string of break-ins.

Sgt. Joe Bernhard said there have been nine incidents, beginning June 29, that could all be connected. The most recent incident happened on Nov. 17. Police are investigating break-ins on the 1200 block of Walnut, 1300 and 1400 block of Anthony, 1100 block of Locust, 1400 block of University, and 600 block of South William, occuring over a five-month span starting in June.

Bernhard said the suspect has touched female victims, lied in victims' beds' nude, appeared with his pants down, attempted to remove victims' clothing, threatened victims and struck victims.

"We have some directed patrols over there. We also have kind of the downtown units shifting over there as the bars close," said Asst. Chief Jill Schlude.

Police said in each of the nine reported incidents they believe may be related, the suspect entered through an unlocked door.

On Wednesday, two new victims reported another incident in the East Campus neighborhood.

They said somebody tried to break into their home on Anthony Street around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

One resident said it heard someone messing around with the lock to the front door for about five minutes and eventually left.

They reported the incident to the police the next day and said there wasn't really anything they could do. On Wednesday, one resident said she caught a man watching her change clothes from her window.

"The blinds were down, but just like in between the blinds and window there was a man standing there like two or three inches from my window just like staring at me. I screamed really loud and slapped the window where he was and he ran away," said one resident.

She said before these incidents she had always felt safe in Columbia.

"I can't just leave the house and realize I forgot to lock the door," she said.

Schlude advised locking all doors and windows before going to bed and leaving home.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Columbia Police Department at 573-442-6131 or CrimeStoppers at 573-875-TIPS to remain anonymous.

[Editor's note: This story has been edited to remove the specific addresses of some people who may have been victims of sexual assault.]

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - A Monday crash in Jefferson City damaged three parked vehicles and injured the driver. Curtis Murrell... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:18:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - KOMU 8 confirmed on the scene of the incident a man was shot on Tuesday at the Columbia... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 7:22:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
MISSOURI — As COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Missouri, state and local officials confirm new case counts daily. This... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 5:30:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia mayor Brian Treece called on college students to make smart choices when returning to campus. "I... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:58:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Mizzou superfan Brian Garner has accumulated hundreds of coaches and players' signatures on his prosthetic leg. He hasn't... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:45:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
WASHINGTON, D.C.: The news conference is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m., according to Trump. More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:26:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Public school administrators discussed, Tuesday afternoon, the district's reopening plans, as student prepare for the start of... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 4:16:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — In a new briefing Tuesday afternoon, Columbia police asked the public for information on two separate early-morning incidents.... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:53:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The parking lot at Tolton Catholic High School will fill up two weeks before Columbia Public Schools. ... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:49:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
(CNN) -- [Breaking news update, published at 4:40 p.m. ET] The Pac-12 Conference CEO Group unanimously voted Tuesday to... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:34:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Joe Biden has chosen California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate. It’s a move... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:23:39 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A news conference staged Tuesday put mourners and activists in front of cameras to call on Governor... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 3:02:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY — The Jefferson City School Board has agreed to sell the former Simonsen Ninth Grade Center building to... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 2:17:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. You can... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 2:09:00 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri Supreme Court upheld a lower court's ruling awarding damages to a woman injured when her... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 1:37:53 PM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
The COVID-19 pandemic has made access to mental health resources difficult, and for children with impulse control disorders, the changes... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 9:50:00 AM CDT August 11, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
COLUMBIA — A home invasion in north Columbia sent one woman to the hospital early Tuesday morning. CPD Detective... More >>
20 hours ago Tuesday, August 11 2020 Aug 11, 2020 Tuesday, August 11, 2020 6:21:00 AM CDT August 11, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — Columbia's Board of Education voted Monday night to delay the start of the 2020-2021 school year. ... More >>
1 day ago Monday, August 10 2020 Aug 10, 2020 Monday, August 10, 2020 9:36:00 PM CDT August 10, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 72°
3am 73°
4am 72°
5am 70°
6am 69°