Suspects in three Boone County burglaries arrested

Thursday, August 19, 2010 | 7:19 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A 33-year-old Jefferson City man and a 25-year-old Boone County woman were arrested Thursday on suspicion of committing three residential burglaries northwest of Columbia, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

The suspects are Bobby Bailey and Melissa Crowell of 8404 Route E.

At 10:12 a.m., a homeowner in the 1300 block of Colchester Drive heard someone trying to force entry through a rear window and called a deputy, according to a news release from sheriff’s detective Tom O’Sullivan. However, the suspects had fled by the time deputies arrived.

A short time later, deputies received a call of a suspicious vehicle on nearby Small Lane, and a deputy later spotted Crowell driving the tan Ford Taurus at Akeman Bridge Road and Route E. Deputies soon learned that Bailey had entered a home in the area intending to commit burglary.

Deputies immediately surrounded the home and a deployed a sheriff’s dog. After a search, Bailey was found hiding in a closet. As they arrested him, a homeowner in the 7900 block of O’Neal Road reported his house had been burglarized. It was not known on Thursday evening whether any property had been stolen.

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