Boone County court documents show a Mid-Missouri crime spree involves hundreds of cars across the state. LaDarion Hunt, 18, Michael Glasgow, 18, both from Columbia, and Sarah Gibb, 18, from Moberly, were arrested in connection with the break-ins Friday in Centralia.
On Monday, Chief Russ Tarr of the Moberly Police Department said his agency has received at least 50 reports of car break-ins in the last week in and a half. Tarr said he suspects the three arrested in Centralia in some of those cases.
They were charged over the weekend in Boone County on two counts of receiving stolen property and three counts of stealing firearms. Authorities suspect they are responsible for 300 to 400 car break-ins taking place all over the state.
Officials said the suspects had a trailer full of stolen property in Ashland.
Chief Tarr said he’s been in law enforcement for many years and a crime spree like this doesn’t come along too often.
“It’s very unusual. It does occur though and that’s why we ask people to make sure they’re not leaving things out and about and keep your vehicle locked. That’s a very important thing, but this is something that plagues a lot of law enforcement agencies,” said Tarr.
Two of three are cooperating with the investigation. They reportedly confess they’ve been doing this for several weeks and have also taken property from houses.
They’re being held without bond in the Boone County jail.