Man Convicted of Burglary, Case Highlights Vigilance in Citizens

By KOLR10 News

Published 04/16 2014 08:08AM

Updated 04/16 2014 08:12AM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A 23-year-old Springfield man was convicted of a second-degree burglary charge after police caught him stealing from a home while the owner was out of town.

Allen W. Lindsey, 23, of Springfield, is facing a range of punishment from one day to seven years imprisonment and a potential fine up to $5,000 for the charge.

Police say Allen broke into a home with tow other men in June 2012. A neighbor testified that he was watching the house while the owner was out of town and saw flashlights moving around inside the house.

After seeing the flashlights, the neighbor saw Allen and two other men leave the house with stolen items and the neighbor called police.

Two of the suspects were located by police near the home and all of the items were recovered.

Lindsey will appear in court again on June 6, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. for a sentencing hearing.

A statement from Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson says this case highlights the importance of neighbors and citizens being alert and watching out for one another in the community.

Citizens are encouraged to monitor their neighborhoods for suspicious activity, especially when they are aware that a neighbor is out of town. If you see anything suspicious, immediately contact law enforcement, but do not attempt to stop anyone on your own or place yourself in a dangerous situation.

Information that a crime is occurring or has just occurred is beneficial to law enforcement because it helps police to quickly recover evidence and begin their investigation immediately

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