Fifth suspect arrested in connection with business burglaries

Friday, June 10, 2011 | 1:19 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A fifth person was arrested Wednesday on a search warrant in connection with multiple burglaries in May at an office complex in east Columbia.

Christopher Huffstetler, 21, was being held in Boone County Jail as of Friday afternoon on suspicion of second-degree burglary, forgery, receiving stolen property and drug charges, said Detective Tom O'Sullivan of the Boone County Sheriff's Department. Huffstetler's bond was set at $10,000, O’Sullivan said.

Four people were arrested May 26 after the Sheriff’s Department served two search warrants in connection with the burglaries that took place earlier that day at Magnus Enterprises, a large office complex on Trade Winds Parkway, according to previous Missourian reports.

O’Sullivan said that in the ongoing investigation, the Sheriff’s Department learned that Huffstetler was involved in the burglary and was in possession of goods stolen from the complex.

Numerous items found in Huffstetler’s Blue Acres Mobile Home Park residence were the same types of items recovered on May 26 from the previous arrests, O’Sullivan said. He said deputies found office equipment, a laptop, a TV and a checkbook.

A debit card was stolen in the burglary, and O’Sullivan said deputies discovered it had been used at the Walmart on Conley Road. The Sheriff’s Department was then able to look at surveillance tapes to help identify the suspects.

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