Man arrested on multiple theft and burglary charges

Friday, April 27, 2012 | 2:01 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A man was arrested Thursday morning after three separate incidents. 

Police apprehended Brian D. Murphy, 48, in the woods near the 2100 block of Bluff Pointe Drive.

On Wednesday, Murphy was escorted out of the Grindstone Parkway Walmart Supercenter on suspicion of stealing a pellet pistol, according to a Columbia Police Department news release.

He returned to the same Walmart on Thursday morning and was again escorted out of the building. He brandished what looked to be a hand-gun from his waistband and pointed it at the staff.

Murphy fled on bicycle after the police were called to the Walmart at 8:20 a.m., and officers were unsuccessful in their attempt to locate him, the news release said.

Murphy was next seen at 2808 Wild Plum Court, where he removed two chainsaws, a drill, a leaf blower and a tackle box from the victim's garage. He was seen with what appeared to be a gun in his waist band, and matched the description of the suspect from the Walmart Supercenter. Police searched the woods for him, according to the news release.

When police caught him in the woods, Murphy was uncooperative and resisted arrest, according to the news release. 

The release also said Murphy was positively identified by the victims of the home and those at the Walmart Supercenter. He was also found with the pellet pistol that resembled a real hand gun at the scene. 

He was arrested on the following charges: armed criminal action, property damage in the second degree, third degree assault, burglary in the first degree, possession of a controlled substance, resisting or interfering with an arrest, and two counts of felony stealing, according to the release.

Murphy was placed on a total bond of $19,000 for with two more bonds to be set, according to the release. He is currently being held at Boone County Jail.

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