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Sheriff On Intruder Arrests: 'These Were Crimes of Opportunity'

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Sheriff Jim Arnott announced the arrest of three suspects Tuesday in two early Monday morning home invasions.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Sheriff Jim Arnott announced the arrest of three suspects Tuesday in two early Monday morning home invasions in Greene County.

Two adults, John Pendergrass and Nicole Smith, and a juvenile were arrested in connection with the Clifton Avenue and Cottage Street robberies.

"They could be facing a pretty long time in prison," Arnott said about the suspects, who all face a host of charges.

"I said, 'Oh good lord, I guess God was with me. I scared them and they didn't have time to do anything," Sandra Stephen said.

Stephen found two of men rummaging through her prescription drugs. Not far from her home, deputies say the thieves struck again; both times entering homes through garage doors.

Arnott said in the second crime, the suspects grabbed guns from the victims' garage and pointed them at a resident.

"We were able to recover one weapon so far that was linked to one of these invasions," Arnott said.

Arnott said the Sheriff's Office worked alongside the Springfield Police Department, because detectives there were already working multiple similar cases.

After police surveillance and a brief chase the suspects were taken into custody.

"Once we worked this case, were able to piece together with information we heard and then collaborated with Springfield Police detectives, where they were able to put the names together," Arnott said.

The crimes in Springfield are still under investigation, according to officers, including a weekend robbery at the Mexican Villa restaurant, which police officers call "similar."

Surveillance from the restaurant also shows a vehicle like the one used in the home invasions, though no definitive connection has yet been made. The restaurant is offering a $1,000 reward for information in that crime.

"Both our departments have intelligence meetings, so we share information back and forth," Arnott said. 

For the home invasion cases, Arnott commended his deputies and the police officers who assisted for a fast turn-around.

"We had everything come together fairly quick," he said.


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