Deputy arrests 3 on burglary charges during check of unoccupied house

Monday, August 4, 2014 | 4:29 p.m. CDT; updated 4:54 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 4, 2014

COLUMBIA — Three suspects were arrested early Monday after a Boone County sheriff's deputy pulled up to a house he said they were attempting to burglarize west of Columbia.

Shortly before 4 a.m., the deputy checked on a house in the 3000 block of Hancock Hill Road in Rocheport, according to a Boone County Sheriff's Department news release. The house had been recently broken into in a separate incident. After he pulled into the driveway, the deputy saw two people running from the house. He called for backup and a K-9 unit, Detective Tom O'Sullivan said.

Rusty A. Modglin, 42, Amanda T. Baker, 35, and Samuel D. Evans, 23, were arrested on charges including burglary, stealing and resisting arrest, according to the release.

The deputy "happened to be out on that area and he decided to go check on it," O'Sullivan said about the unoccupied house.

O'Sullivan said Evans was arrested in the driveway in what is presumed to be the getaway car, and Modglin and Baker were tracked down by a K-9 unit. He said it's customary to dispatch dogs to a burglary scene.

"If the dogs can pick up a whiff of something fresh, they can track the perpetrators," O'Sullivan said. "I've seen them do it; it's unbelievable."

Modglin and Baker were charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree property damage, stealing, possession of a controlled substance, possession of burglary tools and resisting arrest, O'Sullivan said. Evans was not charged with resisting arrest or with possession of a controlled substance, O'Sullivan said.

Bond for Baker and Modglin was set at $27,000 and $23,000 respectively, and Evans posted his $18,000 bond, according to the news release.

Supervising editor is Seth Klamann.

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