This morning about 8:49 a.m. Chillicothe Dispatch was alerted of a pursuit by Linn County Sheriff attempting to stop a specific vehicle allegedly involved in a residential burglary in Linn County this morning. Vehicle pursuit was reportedly on U.S. 36 in Linn County traveling west bound toward Livingston County
Livingston County Sheriff's Office staff responded to assist when we learned the suspect vehicle had eluded the Linn County Sheriff and possibly turned off U.S. in the Laclede area. Linn County Sheriff requested Livingston County officers respond into Linn County to assist his office. Short while later information reported the suspect vehicle struck a utility pole at a location in Linn County overturned and was on fire. Officers and fire fighters arrived on scene and soon learned the vehicle was unoccupied.
Subsequently law enforcement was alerted that a person had been taken against their will and was victim of armed car-jacking and was compelled to drive the 2 suspects to a location in Wheeling, Livingston County, Missouri. The female victim of this crime and her vehicle were released and she went to a safe location to meet law enforcement.
Livingston County Sheriff's Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Linn County Sheriff's Office responded to Wheeling and determined an adult had given the two suspects a ride to a location in Chillicothe but that person had no idea of what had been taking place. We soon obtained information the two suspects were in a residence in the 1100 block of Clay Street in Chillicothe. After significant time there an adult male finally came out of the home and eventually allowed officers to check for the suspects and determined they were not in that home at that time. However while law enforcement had this residence surrounded an officer thought the female suspect may have gone into a home on Monroe Street and it was later determined the suspect was not there at the time of search by law enforcement. Interestingly within minutes Chillicothe PD learned a pickup was just stolen from a few blocks away.
Officers and Dispatch coordinated and shared information then in attempt to locate the stolen vehicle and suspects. About noon today MSHP Troop H advised law enforcement just arrested the two suspects at a convenience store in Hamilton MO without further incident.
The female already had a felony warrant from Linn County and is reportedly pregnant and had previously been reported to be very intoxicated on methamphetamine! Linn County Sheriff and Linn County authorities will be seeking multiple charges for all crimes in Linn County while Chillicothe PD is seeking criminal charges on the stolen vehicle. Officers will be going over the entire incident to determine if any accessories or other persons of interest have any criminal liability in these crimes.
MSHP assisted the owner of the stolen pickup to retrieve his vehicle. From Hamilton. Chillicothe Department of Emergency Services were very helpful in staging ambulance and emergency medical staff in multiple locations during this time in event of serious injury to anyone.
Chillicothe Dispatch did an AMAZING job with the entire situation, communicating with Linn County and MSHP Dispatchers and all officers from the various agencies. Imagine being the key component of the wheel with all the responsibilities on gathering/sharing information, coordinating everyone, keeping track of all times and locations where all officers are and MORE. Dispatch was able to literally keep law enforcement within 10 minutes of these suspects nearly the entire time until the pickup was stolen. Fortunately no one was seriously injured during all this and the incident ended well.
Police, Highway Patrol, Deputies and Sheriffs all worked extremely well together on this and their diligence is very much appreciated.
Any media questions should contact Linn County Sheriff Henke, Chillicothe Police and/or Missouri State Highway Patrol.
Sheriff Steve Cox