An area man is being charged with several felonies after he reportedly burglarized a Washington County business and hid in the trunk of a car while still at the business.

Jeffrey King Jr., 34, of Potosi, is being charged with a Class B felony of burglary in the first degree, a Class D felony of burglary in the second degree, two Class D felonies of stealing, three Class D felonies of unlawful possession of a firearm, a Class D felony of possession of a controlled substance, and misdemeanor property damage.

According to a probable cause statement, on Nov. 8 at about 11 p.m. King climbed the fence at Elliott Motor Company and made his way to the back door of the garage.

He reportedly used bolt cutters to pry and push open the back door of the garage, damaging it in the process. He then made his way into the office where he stole a little more than $100 out of the cash register and safe. 

On Nov. 9 the owner of the shop was opening his business when he found King hiding inside the trunk of a 2002 Ford Taurus that had been towed to the lot the previous night. King had reportedly been driving the car sometime before it was towed there.

The business owner said he called the police to report the break-in after King got out of the trunk and was asking his whereabouts, trying to make it appear that he had been in the trunk when the car was towed.

The deputy applied for a search warrant on the car and found three firearms, two of which had been taken from inside the business and one that was taken from a tow truck near the business owner's home.

The deputy also found a Genesis Scanner and several other items in the car that the business owner identified as belonging to the business. While searching the trunk where King was found hiding, the deputy found a pack of cigarettes with two baggies of methaphetamine.

King was booked into the Washington County Jail on a $100,000 bond. A bond reduction hearing is scheduled. 

Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or rbronaugh@dailyjournalonline.com

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