Burglary suspect arrested after four-hour manhunt

Thursday, July 23, 2009 | 9:04 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — More than a dozen Boone County sheriff's deputies and two canine units spent four hours Wednesday making their way through dense woods northeast of Columbia to find and arrest a Columbia man suspected of burglary and other crimes.

Jimmy Ross Simmons, 47, was apprehended Wednesday afternoon near Kircher Road and Route HH and arrested on suspicion of two counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of larceny, receiving stolen property and resisting arrest, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department and Missouri

Boone County sheriff's deputies were dispatched at about 1 p.m. to the 6600 block of Kircher Road after receiving reports of a suspicious red truck parked nearby, the release states. A 37-year-old woman sitting in the truck alerted police to Simmons' whereabouts. Sometime afterward an officer saw Simmons escape into the woods. At the same time, two homeowners on Kircher Road called in reports of burglary and another called in a attempted break-in, the release states.

Simmons was arrested on suspicion of breaking into multiple residences and stealing items such as two handguns, including a $1,200.357 magnum; personal checks; credit cards; laptop computers; and a wooden box containing pieces of jewelry including a Mickey Mouse watch, according to a probable cause statement filed with the Boone County Circuit Court.

During an interview with Simmons conducted by the sheriff's department, Simmons said he ran from the deputies because he didn't want to be arrested for a domestic violence charge. He also denied being involved in the burglary, according to the probable cause statement.

No trials or hearings have been scehduled at this time and investigations into the multiple break-ins are still underway.

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