COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
A Columbia man accused of stealing guns from a Missouri State Highway Patrol vehicle was charged on Thursday with two counts of first-degree burglary.
Jamarie Johnson, 19, was charged on Sept. 1 with first-degree burglary, four counts of stealing a gun, three counts of first-degree property damage and misdemeanor stealing. He is being held without bond at the Boone County Jail.
According to a probable cause statement, a resident at a redacted address reported a burglary on Aug. 15. He allegedly told police that he woke up to the sound of an interior garage door into house closing. The man told police that his wife’s purse was stolen, according to the statement. The purse was inside the house.
Court documents state that a man who entered the home opened an unlocked car in the driveway and used a garage door opener from inside the car to open the garage door and enter the home.
The victim allegedly saw a man in plaid running down the street with a white SUV or van following and eventually saw the man go to the vehicle. Contents of the purse were found throughout the neighborhood, according to the probable cause statement.
Johnson was arrested on Aug. 31 and allegedly admitted to being present at thefts in Ashland.
Police interviewed Johnson on Sept. 5 about the Aug. 15 theft. Police showed Johnson video footage and he allegedly admitted to driving the SUV, the statement says.