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UPDATE: Two men in custody in connection with string of crimes in Randolph County

Monday, April 1, 2013 | 7:20 p.m. CDT; updated 8:56 p.m. CDT, Monday, April 1, 2013

COLUMBIA — Two suspects were arrested Monday morning in connection with a string of crimes in Randolph County on Sunday.

One is a 22-year-old male and the other is an 18-year-old male. Both are residents of Macon County. The investigation is ongoing, Macon Police Chief Steve Olinger said. The suspects have not been charged.

Police received information about the suspects' location at 8:30 a.m. Olinger said officers of the Macon Police Department, Moberly Police Department, Randolph County Sheriff’s Department, Macon County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Missouri State Highway Patrol SWAT team took both suspects into custody without incident around 10 a.m. Monday.

Several people, including the two suspects, left a building in the 100 block of West Third Street while a Missouri State Highway Patrol team was on the way, according to a news release from the Macon Police Department. Both men were taken into custody and sent to Randolph County for further investigation.

The two men are suspected of being linked to a death, two shootings, an assault, a vehicle fire, a vehicle and gun theft, and a Walmart theft. Two victims of a shooting were taken to University Hospital. One male’s condition is fair, and the other is serious.

Two men were seen stealing items from a Walmart in Moberly on Sunday, according to a release from the Moberly Police Department. The two men were captured on a surveillance camera. They drove away in a vehicle that had been reported stolen from Macon. The vehicle was later found at the intersection of Jefferson and Morley streets in Moberly.

The Randolph County Sheriff’s Department received several calls soon after the men left the store.

One phone call was about a vehicle fire. Moberly Police Chief Russell Tarr said police officers found the residence unsecure and the 92-year-old female dead inside. Tarr said they suspect foul play. The Boone County Medical Examiner’s office will do an autopsy on Tuesday.

Five minutes after the first call, another call reported a vehicle accident on County Road 2515.

Ten minutes later, another call came in about two men shot near Route D. Both men were taken to a hospital. A truck owned by one of the victims was stolen and later crashed.

A woman on Route BB was assaulted, and her white Saturn Vue was stolen. 

A residence in Higbee reported several guns stolen around 9 p.m. Sunday evening.

The Moberly Police Department said it will release additional information later on, according to the release.

Supervising editor is Simina Mistreanu.


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