REPUBLIC, Mo. – A lockdown has been lifted at Republic schools this morning after a burglary suspect being sought in the vicinity of the middle school was apprehended.
Republic Police Chief Mark Lowe said the man is in the city jail, pending interviews and transfer to the Greene County Jail. He was caught hiding between houses in a residential neighborhood not far from the Hines Street Pharmacy, where an alarm at 5:54 a.m. alerted authorities to a break-in.
The front door of the pharmacy was broken through, setting off the alarms, and the burglar “was in a hurry because of the alarms and didn’t get much,” according to Lowe. He apparently ditched his loot during a pursuit and an inventory of the pharmacy is being done to determine what was taken. The missing evidence is also being searched for, Lowe said.
The man was seen fleeing the pharmacy by neighbors who told police the direction of his flight. A Springfield Police Department canine was brought in for the search, but he was not found until neighbors in a residential area told police a man matching the suspects description was in their area.
School Superintendent Chance Wistrom said the Republic Police informed him the suspect had been caught and the lockdown was lifted about 8:20 a.m