Two local men have been arrested in connection to a string of burglaries in the Kennett area.
According to information provided by the Kennett Police Department, at approximately 11 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, officers responded to a residence on North Linden Circle in Kennett in reference to a reported burglary.
When officers arrived, they spoke with the victim, who told them that he had been away from his home since approximately 10 p.m., and when he returned, he found a door partially opened. After checking his home, the victim discovered a laptop computer and approximately $100, in change missing.
Kennett Officers reported observing two individuals who were in the area earlier, they then immediately located the individuals at a residence on Veterans Street. Both were taken to the Kennett Police Department. After locating the computer at the residence of the alleged thieves, officers questioned and arrested both of them for the burglary. During the interview, one of the suspects, 21-years-old, confessed that he did enter the home and stole the laptop and the money, while the other suspect, 31-years-old, kept watch outside of the home. The computer and money, estimated at $536, was returned to the owner.
Following the burglary on November 28, Kennett Investigators, while reviewing the incident, believed that the suspects were also involved in other burglaries throughout the community. While being questioned about the several other burglaries, the 23-year-old suspect confessed and then led officers to the other residences that he had broken into. Following a subsequent search of the suspect's home, Officer's recovered items taken in the past thefts.
Although the investigation in ongoing, Kennett Police Department's investigators are submitting their reports to the Dunklin County Prosecutor's Office on both of the individuals for their involvement in at least eight separate alleged burglaries. Names are being withheld pending the filing of these charges.
With the recent rise in the number of daytime burglaries being reported, Kennett Police Chief, James Paine is reminding the residents of Kennett to take extra precautions, especially during the Holiday season to make sure that doors are locked and secure when the residents are away from the home. Paine also asks that community members be vigilant in their neighborhoods as well. If someone should see anything suspicious, or out of the ordinary, Paine asks that they contact the Kennett Police Department at (573) 888-4622.