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Columbia convenience store burglarized

Thursday, February 26, 2009 | 4:48 p.m. CST; updated 6:41 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 26, 2009

COLUMBIA — An overnight burglary left a Columbia convenience store missing cigarettes, beer and cash.

The Kwik Store, 5781 E. St. Charles Road, was broken into between midnight and 6 a.m. Thursday while the store was closed, said Sgt. Micheal Perkins of the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Multiple cases of beer, several cartons of cigarettes and a safe containing an undisclosed amount of money were stolen. Perkins said that the Sheriff's Department does not disclose dollar amounts because the police can use that information to verify whether a tip about the case is credible or not.

"Typically only someone who was involved in it or that knows someone who was involved would have that kind of information," Perkins said.

Although he declined to give specifics, store manager Kenny Pateo said that the loss of merchandise was extensive. "We're talking about a lot of damage here," he said.

Police were unable to recover any security footage.

"(The perpetrators) broke the whole security system," Pateo said.

Anyone with information regarding the break-in should call the Boone County Sheriff's Department at 875-1111 or CrimeStoppers at 875-8477. Anonymous tips can be submitted to the Sheriff's Department Web site at showmeboone.com/Sheriff.


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joseph johnson February 27, 2009 | 12:28 p.m.

Criminals and the Columbia Police Department
By Johnsonjoseph

Posted February 27, 2009 at 12:44 a.m.

What about our uniformed officers that are supposed to protect and serve? This article is in regards to the Columbia Police Department and Detective Joe Jackson. Our community has received a tip from one of Detective Joe Jackson's own men. Wow!! we don't know what to think about this. Looks like Detective Jackson and his crew have been working on, and doing top secret surveillance on a few people in regards to defrauding the Social Services Welfare program (FoodStamp Program). This operation has been going on for about a year or so. I'm sure for the criminal's out there they sure do appreciate that detective giving them the heads up. I guess that's what friends are for. It's allways good to have connections on the inside. There is an article listed on MYSPACE about this situation. I am going to quote some key factors. It seems as if Joe Jackson is not liked in this town. Looks like he hasn't been able to get these gun charges to stick on some of these so-called gang members. Cases are being dismissed due to lack of evidence. What's wrong with that picture? The article on MY SPACE refers to detective Jackson and his crew "THE GOONE SQUAD". WOW, what a name for the CPD Detectives. Looks like these young kids don't trust the police enough to tell them what they want to know. Well I guess I don't blame them if you got one on the inside tipping the criminals off. These cops lie just as much and even more than the people on the street. The MYSPACE ARTICLE also says that "The Detective Goon's will be posted up (sitting) at every grocery store in Columbia, Walmart Super Center in particular. They will be waiting for people to go inside and use other's EBT cards. Once you do you will be arrested. Those that have been under surveillance will be arrested anyway. MYSPACE also has photographs showing these unmarked undercover vehicles that we would probable never have noticed if it weren't for these photo's (the photo's aren't very good, though). This sting is due to go down sometime next week!! This operation could prove to be very dangerous to innocent by standers. One of these criminals could react in a very violent way. Here are some of the license plate #'s posted: Blue Chev Truck (BWE-442), Burgundy Ford Explorer (WB6-W3B), Blue Durango (5CS-67G), Tan Chev Truck w/extended cap (SUE-910), Orange color car similar to a scion with tinted windows, white truck (644-PYI), Chev Truck (2YF-295), Black Truck (2AB-329) extended cab, Tan Truck (9UE-310), Green Chevrolet Silverado (343-R24). Wow, this seems to be a really poor job of surveillance. But, I pretty much expect this from Columbia's Finest!! All of you good people in Columbia be careful and all of the criminals do thank one of the Crew of Detective Joe Jackson!!!

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