SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– Springfield Police Department Officers arrested a man after a home invasion and theft Saturday morning.
The man was found on Stewart Avenue roughly 2 miles from Lakeside Avenue where the home invasion and theft took place.
Officers were dispatched near Sequiota Park Saturday morning after receiving reports of a male suspect with a rifle and possible gunshots in the area.
Officers were dispatched to the area at about 11:30 a.m. Arriving on the scene, they made contact with Dave Blevins who reported a house burglary in which a pellet rifle, matching the description of the rifle reported, along with several other items were stolen.
“I discovered a shoe print and a piece of grass still left at the patio door,” Blevins said. “I found the RV was broken into that was in the backyard. I found that my shoes were gone, my scrub brush was gone. I found my laptop stuck in a storm drain.”
Blevins and his wife were inside the home sleeping when the suspect entered.
“I woke [my wife] up and told her what happened,” Blevins said. “She was just shivering. She was scared.”
A portion of Galloway Creek Greenway was closed off while officers searched for the suspect. The search was called off at around 1 p.m. With assistance from a canine unit, the pellet rifle was located.
Around 3:30 p.m. officers received reports of a man matching the description of the suspect near a wooded area on the trail. Residents were told to stay inside their homes. Officers arrested the suspect just after 5 p.m.
The suspect was arrested for a warrant, along with tampering and resisting arrest.
This is a developing story. More information will be provided as it becomes available.