Man arrested after report of stolen rifle on Greenway Trail near Sequiota Park

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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.

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