An arrest has been made in the burglary of a local convenience store.

The Farmington Police Department responded to an alarm at Ross Minit Mart at 1025 Ste. Genevieve at 3:55 a.m. Sunday.

Zachariah Lee Ries, 29, of Farmington, was arrested later this week following a traffic stop.

According to Farmington Police Chief Rick Baker, the department received several tips following the release of the surveillance video from the burglary early Sunday.

Baker said it was a tip from an employee of another business in town that led to the arrest of Ries. The employee told detectives he recognized Ries from the surveillance photo as a customer to their business and, according to Baker, Ries was observed by the employee as wearing the same clothes as in the surveillance photo.

The department was able to gather information about a possible vehicle the suspect may be in. An officer stopped the vehicle and arrested Ries.

According to Baker, Ries admitted to the burglary while undergoing questioning at the department.

On Wednesday, he was charged with second-degree burglary, first-degree property damage and misdemeanor stealing. Ries is currently being held on $27,500 bond at the St. Francois County Jail.

Baker credits the release of the still photo from the surveillance video through media – and the response of the community – for the arrest in this case.


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