Police make arrest in connection with Big Brothers & Big Sisters agency burglaries

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:08 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

A Columbia man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of being involved in a series of burglaries at the Big Brothers & Big Sisters agency on Providence Road last week.

Selvyn A. McMillan, 44, was charged with two counts of burglary after police found several stolen items from the agency inside the house he was staying, Columbia police said Monday.

The burglaries occurred over a three-day period last week. At 8:30 a.m. April 12, Columbia Police officers were dispatched to the Big Brothers & Big Sisters agency at 806 N. Providence Road in response to a report of a burglary. When officers arrived, they found that someone had forced their way into the doors of the building and stolen numerous electronic and computer items, according to the police report.

At 8:22 a.m. April 13, officers were dispatched to the agency again for another report of a burglary. Columbia Police Sgt. Ken Hammond said the investigation that day again revealed the outside doors had been forced open and several small items, including bottles of wine and rechargeable batteries, were stolen.

Following these two burglaries, management had an alarm system installed in the building.

At 10 p.m. April 14, police responded to an alarm call from the agency. When they arrived, they found McMillan in the building. When McMillan refused to come out, the Columbia Police Department K-9 Unit entered the building and apprehended him.

During an interview with an investigator, McMillan made a statement that incriminated himself in the second burglary, Hammond said. Columbia Police called McMillan’s friends at the house in the 700 block of Demaret Drive and received permission to search the residence, Hammond said. The search revealed several of the stolen items that were taken from the second burglary, Hammond said.

McMillan was then arrested and charged with two counts of burglary. He is currently in the custody of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department. He is being held on a $4,500 bond.

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