Columbia man charged in 13 burglaries, suspected of 11 others

Friday, November 1, 2013 | 7:57 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A Columbia man arrested Thursday while already in the Boone County Jail has been charged in 13 burglaries in Columbia, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Ty'Ihonn Riley, 20, was in custody on charges of burglary, stealing and resisting arrest after an incident in the Lake of the Woods area.

In addition to the 13 Columbia incidents, he has been linked to 11 other burglaries in the county, according to the Boone County Sheriff's Office.

Riley is being held in the jail on $316,000 bond and as a parole violator, Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Tom Reddin said.

On Thursday, Columbia police arrested Riley and charged him with first- and second-degree burglary, possession of a firearm, felony stealing, first- and second-degree property damage, receiving stolen property, animal cruelty, and possession of a controlled substance.

Riley might have been involved in as many as 50 incidents, Sheriff's Department Detective Tom O'Sullivan said Friday.

The county burglaries did not take place in a concentrated area,  O'Sullivan said.

According to the Sheriff's Department, burglaries occurred in the Midway area; the Copper Creek, Hill Creek and Winding Hill subdivisions; and on Obermiller Road and High Point Lane, all in Boone County.

About three weeks ago, a woman told police she returned home, interrupted a burglary and was able to get a license plate number, O'Sullivan said.

The car was registered to Riley. After conducting a search of his house and a storage unit he was renting, police recoveredseveral stolen items worth "multiple thousands of dollars," O'Sullivan said. Firearms, electronics, jewelry, gaming devices and video games were found in Riley's possession, O'Sullivan said.

"We didn't recover everything he stole," he said, but the recovered items have since been returned to their owners.

O'Sullivan said Columbia police have leads on another person believed to be involved in the burglaries with Riley but do not have enough probable cause to make an arrest.

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