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Two men arrested in residential burglary

Monday, April 13, 2009 | 9:14 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Two Columbia men were arrested after a slow-speed pursuit Monday, said Lt. Scott Young of the Columbia Police Department.

At 1:46 p.m. Monday, a witness alerted police to an apparent burglary in progress at 1418 Raleigh Drive, Young said. The witness observed two subjects kicking in a door and removing property from the residence.

The witness provided police with descriptions of the suspects and their vehicle, believed to be a white Ford Taurus, Young said. The vehicle soon left the area, and the witness gave the direction the suspects were heading.

Columbia police dispatched two detectives to the area; they located the vehicle traveling south on Range Line Street, Young said. A police vehicle attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but the suspect vehicle refused to yield. A slow-speed pursuit of “a mile or two” then ensued, never exceeding 35 mph. The pursuit ended when the suspects turned into a residential driveway in the 1400 block of Sylvan Lane.

Terry Allen Simmons, 21, and John Cornelius Wingate, 23, both of Columbia, were taken into custody. Police recovered stolen items from the vehicle. Both suspects were arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary. Simmons, who was driving the vehicle, was also charged with driving with a revoked license and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle, Young said. The suspects have been processed and will be moved to the Boone County Jail, he said.

Anyone with any information is requested to submit tips on the CrimeStoppers Web site, 875tips.com. Tips can be submitted anonymously and informants may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,500 if the information leads to an arrest.


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