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Two Charged for Monday Home Invasions, Another in Juvenile Detention

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Greene County Sheriff's Office has people in custody for two home invasions and robberies that happened on Monday.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Greene County Sheriff's Office has people in custody for two home invasions and robberies that happened on Monday.

Deputies say the robbers took a bank card from one victim then used it at a nearby gas station. Detectives used the surveillance video to get images of the suspects.

The individuals have not yet been charged, however a man and woman and a juvenile are in custody, according to Sheriff Arnott.

The intruders were first chased out of a home on South Clifton St. after a woman found two men looking through her medicine in her kitchen.

Another robbery happened just blocks away on South Cottage.

Deputies say the second case was more violent and involved weapons.

According to Sheriff Arnott, there are some similarities between the Monday morning home invasions and an armed robbery at Mexican Villa on S. National Ave. on the evening of Saturday, Jan. 18.

Due to the similarities, Greene County Sheriff’s Office Detectives collaborated with the Springfield Police Department. During their investigation, officers learned the names of two people wanted for questioning in a similar crime in Springfield in Dec. 2013.

Detectives then identified the men pictured in surveillance video as the same men named by Springfield Police.

While GCSO Detectives were conducting surveillance on a residence in the 2200 block of North Concord, they observed a dark green Ford Explorer matching the description seen in the gas station surveillance video.

The driver of the vehicle led detectives on a short pursuit but was quickly apprehended along with a female passenger. The driver was identified as John A. Pendergrass, 18, of Springfield, and the passenger was identified as Nicole A. Smith, 19, also of Springfield.

The GCSO SWAT and Canine team executed a search warrant at the North Concord residence for the arrest of the juvenile suspect allegedly involved in the home invasions. The juvenile was taken into custody and is being held in juvenile detention. A female adult who exited the house was also arrested on unrelated outstanding warrants, according to a news release.

An investigation into the case is still ongoing.

Pendergrass has been charged with two counts of first-degree burglary, one count of felony stealing, one count of attempted first-degree robbery, two counts of first-degree robbery and three counts of armed criminal action.

He is being held on a $150,000 bond in the Greene County Jail.

Smith has been charged with one count of first-degree burglary and is also in the Greene County Jail under a $25,000 bond.

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