Wentzville man arrested in Boone County following burglary, manhunt
COLUMBIA - Prosecutors charged a man from Wentzville with burglary and stealing a vehicle Thursday after authorities connected him to a manhunt in Montgomery County.
Police went to a home on Fleetwood Drive in Columbia late Wednesday to look into a reported burglary. There, a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper met them, and said they'd recovered a possible stolen vehicle on I-70 between the Williamsburg and Danville exits.
Matthew Walker, according to troopers, had crashed the pickup truck and run away from the scene. Investigators found items inside the truck which led them to the home on Fleetwood, whose owners were reportedly on vacation.
There, law enforcement found an open door and broken glass from a pair of doors. Inside, they found all the drawers and cabinets in the kitchen open, the contents scattered about. Two burners on the stove had been turned on and were still hot, and two chairs had been broken and thrown in the living room. Throughout the house, investigators found drawers and closets opened, their contents scattered around the rooms.
Boone County deputies later arrested Walker, who reportedly told detectives he had "burglarized some old guy's home." The probable cause statement said Walker admitted to kicking and busting his way in, saying he ate food from the fridge and "destroyed the house." He then apparently found the keys to the truck, loaded it with stolen items, and drove it away.
Walker has prior convictions for vehicle theft, burglary, stealing, resisting arrest, assault and drug possession. He told deputies, per court documents, he is a parole absconder and was supposed to be at a halfway house in Osage Beach. He's currently at the Boone County jail on no bond.