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Columbia man arrested in connection with assault, 4 burglaries

Saturday, July 21, 2012 | 11:54 a.m. CDT; updated 8:33 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 21, 2012

COLUMBIA — Police arrested Wayne McGill Jr. of Columbia on Friday in connection with an assault and four commercial burglaries that all occurred within a 24-hour period.

According to a news release from the Columbia Police Department, McGill threatened another male with a knife at 9:30 p.m. Thursday at The Bridge, 1020 E. Walnut St. Officers located McGill’s maroon vehicle at 4:59 a.m. Friday at Motel 6, 1800 I-70 Drive SW, and found McGill in a hotel room.

McGill admitted his involvement in all five incidents, according to the release. His bond was set at $18,000 for four counts of second degree burglary, $500 for third degree assault and $4,500 for unlawful use of a weapon.

  • The first burglary took place at 1:06 a.m. Thursday at Automotive Specialist, 1201 N. Old 63. According to the release, McGill broke the glass of the front door, and video surveillance showed him opening drawers in the business. No items were discovered missing.
  • The second burglary took place at 1:16 a.m. Thursday at Jeff Dungan Insurance Agency, 2100 E. Broadway. According to the release, McGill entered by prying the front door open, but no items were discovered missing.
  • The third burglary took place at 10:11 p.m. Thursday at Fast Signs, 2703 E. Broadway. According to the release, McGill broke the glass of the front door and stole an undisclosed amount of money.
  • The fourth burglary took place between 9:56 and 11:27 p.m. Thursday at Plato’s Closet, 2606 E. Broadway. According to the release, McGill broke the window next to the front door, and video surveillance shows him in the business, where he stole loose change.

Supervising editor is Jake Kreinberg.


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