Arrests made in investigation into interrupted burglary

Friday, May 15, 2009 | 5:30 p.m. CDT; updated 5:37 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 15, 2009

 COLUMBIA — Police arrested a man believed to be connected with a robbery during which the victim shot one of the men who'd broken into her home in northeast Columbia.

Ricky L. Morgan of Moberly was arrested Thursday as part of the investigation into the interrupted burglary, according to a release from the Columbia Police Department.

Arriving to find her back door kicked open, a woman discovered three men inside her home just before 1 a.m. on April 30. The victim told police one of these men pointed a gun at her. She had a gun and fired at the men once. The subsequent investigation revealed that one of the men had been wounded by the woman’s shot.

An anonymous source led investigators to Morgan, saying the man had an injury to his left leg. Investigators located Morgan, who had an injury consistent with a gunshot wound.

The police notified hospitals of the incident at the time of the crime. Morgan had not sought previous treatment for his wound, Captain Brad Nelson said.

Morgan also had four outstanding warrants for crimes in nearby counties, including a felony warrant for second-degree burglary in Adair County, according to the release.

While in custody, Morgan complained of pain from the wound; he was treated and released by a local hospital, Nelson said.

In a release regarding the initial incident, the victim said a suspicious-looking silver hatchback car was parked near her home. The car, with a woman inside, was seen leaving the area following the incident.

Leann Seiger, also of Moberly, was arrested in connection with the robbery, suspected of being the driver of the silver car. She is charged with receiving stolen property after police determined she pawned a video game taken in the robbery, according to a Police Department press release.

Nelson said police are following leads to apprehend the other two individuals involved in the crime; he said they anticipate making additional arrests in the continuing investigation.

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Greg Collins May 16, 2009 | 9:45 a.m.

If the gun control types have the courage to admit it, here's a case of an armed citizen using a weapon to stop crime.

It happens every day, every where ...

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