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Burglary suspect arrested

Holly Hollis

A Leadwood woman is being charged with a class C felony of burglary in the second degree and misdemeanor of stealing after she was caught in a residence that wasn’t her own.

In late October the Leadwood Police Department was called to a possible burglary in progress in the 700 block of East Street in Leadwood. According to a probable cause statement, a neighbor called central dispatch after she saw a female, later identified as 33-year-old Holly Hollis, enter a neighbor’s house through the basement.

The report indicates that Hollis had what appeared to be sleeping bags. The caller said the house was supposed to be vacant and that no one was allowed in the home.

According to reports, a Leadwood officer made contact with the homeowner, who confirmed she hadn’t given anyone permission to be inside the home with the exception of another neighbor who was given a key to look after the place.

The report stated the officers went to secure the house and entered through the basement door, which had been forced open. When they were in the basement they could hear someone upstairs moving around.

The police report goes on to say the officer reentered the home through the front door, which was unlocked and yelled “Police, if anyone is here come out now." Officers started searching the house and found Hollis in the front room.

According to the statement, Hollis said she was there to clean the house for her friend’s parents. The officer ran her name through the state records check and found she had a warrant and placed her under arrest.

An officer again asked Hollis why she as in the house and she said she was cleaning the house for the owner. Officers asked who the owner was and she didn’t know.

Hollis then reportedly stated that she was cleaning out the house in hopes that the landlord would rent the house to her and help her on the first month’s rent for cleaning it.

The officers walked through the home with the neighbor who had a key. The neighbor pointed out items that had been boxed up and moved from their original location and placed by the front and back doors.

The statement said that Hollis had packed up speakers, shotgun shells, hand tools and other miscellaneous items ready to be carried out the back door, and had placed a set of dishes by the front door.

Hollis was booked in the St. Francois County Jail on a $20,000 bond.

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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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