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‘Bug guy’ faces more charges

A local man is facing additional legal woes after a judge signed off on charges related to an incident in Farmington.

Justin Layne Burns, 25, formerly of Farmington, has been charged with first-degree burglary and stealing. He was already charged in February with four counts of theft of a controlled substance stemming from the same type of incidents in Park Hills.

A woman complained in February that Burns entered her apartment telling her he was with A-1 Pest Control. He asked her to run water in the kitchen while he went into the bathroom. She later discovered that her prescription pills were missing.

Farminton Police knew that Park Hills Police Department had already issued a “stop and hold” on Burns for saying he was with A-1 Pest Control and stealing individuals’ pills.

When questioned by police, he admitted to being at the apartment. He said he was trying to get clients for his business. He said he did not take medication.

The Farmington resident identified Burns as the man who stole her pills.

Burns has a charge pending from September for misdemeanor third-degree domestic assault.

Burns was sentenced in October of 2008 to seven years in prison for felony possession of marijuana and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after being kicked out of the St. Francois County Drug Court program for breaking program rules and lying about having employment. He had been in the program since April of 2007.

He is currently in the custody of the Missouri Department of Corrections.

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