SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Brazen criminals in the Springfield, Mo. area are now behind bars after over half a dozen burglaries that began last August.
Springfield police say three suspects cut window screens to get into the homes of elderly residents who lived alone. During one break-in, police say a suspect pointed a gun at the head of an 80-yea- old man, threatened to kill him and also threatened to kill an 87-year-old woman.
Two men, 20 and 32 years of age, forced their way into the homes while a third suspect served as the lookout. A 91-year-old woman’s home and the 87-year-old’s home were broken into twice. Guns, jewelry, prescription medication and over $40 thousand in cash was taken.
One victim recognized the suspect’s voice while DNA from a mask at the scene and boot prints in the snow helped detectives crack the case.
One of the suspects faces 15 charges including burglary, robbery and armed criminal action.
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)