Streak of Burglaries Hits North Columbia
BOONE COUNTY- The Boone County Sherriff's Department is searching for three suspected burglers that targeted five residences in North Columbia this week.
Deputies with the sheriff's departement believe three black males driving a stolen vehicle are responsible for the break-ins and burglaries. Deputies believe the crimes appear to be related. The suspects are still on the loose.
On Tuesday the suspected burglers took two long guns from a home in the 8000 block of Route VV and a laptop computer from a residence in the 3500 block of Oakland Church Road. After taking the items, the burglers kicked open a door in the 6500 block of North Creasy Springs but left when the alarm system sounded.
On Wednesday, money, checks, and two flat screen televisions were stolen from a residence on the 4700 block of Roemer Road.
On Thursday, deputies responded to the 900 block of Obermiller Road after a resident returned home and found the three suspects inside his house. The suspects screamed "Get out" and fled into the woods behind the house. The suspects left a stolen car, traced back to Springfield, in the driveway and a broken piggy-bank in the front yard.
KOMU spoke with one of the homeowners who requested to remain annonymous. She said when her husband called to tell her what he saw she could not believe it because they always lock their doors and thought it was a safe area. She showed KOMU the main door which was kicked in and taken off its frame as well as an outside glass door which the suspects smashed.
Boone County Detective Tom O'Sullivan said he believes the burglaries are related because they all occurred within a five minute drive of each other. He also suggested ways for residents to make sure their homes are safe. "Always lock your doors and make it seem as if someone is always home. Leave a radio on, leave the lights on, put a car in the driveway" O'Sullivan said.
The suspects are described as three black males, in their twenties, wearing blue jeans and white T-shirts. A neighbor of one of the victims described one suspect as having dread lock type hair and another one was wearing a "doo-rag."
Anyone with information about these burglaries is urged to contact CrimeStoppers at 875-TIPS (8477). All calls are held in strict confidence and you don't have to give your name to collect a reward.