Columbia man arrested for stealing vehicle parts

Thursday, July 26, 2012 | 4:44 p.m. CDT; updated 5:06 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 26, 2012

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man was arrested Thursday by the Boone County Sheriff's Department on suspicion of stealing from a property on Peabody Road.

John A. Miller, 27, was released from the Boone County Jail after posting a $9,000 bond on two charges of felony stealing. He has been charged with stealing mainly vehicle parts and tire rims from the property over a two-month period, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Department.

"We are certainly confident that we have the right person, but the investigation is continuing to see if there was anyone else involved," Detective Tom O'Sullivan said.

Deputies have been investigating several thefts from the property since late May and were called to the scene Thursday shortly before 9 a.m. They received a report from a neighbor saying a suspicious vehicle was on the driveway of the property, O'Sullivan said.

Further investigation led the deputies to Advantage Metals on Proctor Drive, where Miller was arrested. Advantage Metals, which offers cash for scrap metal, provided documentation indicating the items that were brought to the company by Miller were stolen from the property on Peabody Road, O'Sullivan said.

Supervising editor is Jake Kreinberg.

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