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Police investigate burglary

An 11-year-old boy reportedly broke into an area business and stole chewing tobacco last week.

Officers were called to investigate after someone broke in to a business and set off the security alarm last week.

Desloge Police Chief James Bullock said on June 27 at 9:14 p.m. his officers responded to an alarm sounding at Tinkers Liquor & More located at 812 E Chestnut St.

“When they arrived at the business they discovered during a check of the building that the drive-thru window was broken,” Bullock said. “After the owner arrived and they were able to get inside the building, they were looking around and found some blood in the area of the window.”

Bullock said there also appeared to be a significant amount of fingerprints, which the officers lifted.

“Also after talking with the owners, they were able to get video of the break-in, which showed the subject entering the business,” Bullock said. “From what they could determine from the video, there was one thing removed from the store and that was a can of wintergreen smokeless tobacco. Nothing else was disturbed in the store.”

Bullock believed the picture of the suspect was placed on Facebook by the owner and afterward they received several tips on potential suspects.

“There were some people who observed it on Facebook and we received tips,” Bullock said. “During the investigation in reference to those tips that were given, along with the video, we were able to determine and find the correct suspect and that suspect did happen to be a juvenile.”

Bullock said the kid is 11 years old and he had been in trouble at school, but has never had any problems like this before now.

“A referral to the juvenile office was made and the last I heard he was in juvenile custody,” Bullock said. “I don’t know that he is still there though.”

The suspect's name will not be released due to him being a minor.

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Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or



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