William Porter, 19, of Waynesville and Tavarise Pryor, 18, of Fort Leonard Wood were arrested as suspects in the rash of vehicle break-ins that have been reported in the Waynesville and St. Robert areas.
Waynesville Police Department reported on its Facebook page that the first break in the case came when a concerned citizen reported seeing a wallet being thrown from a vehicle on July 3.
According to the probable cause statements, the citizen wrote down the license plate number which allowed WPD to discover who owned the vehicle.
The wallet, which contained three credit cards, thrown from the vehicle had been stolen from another vehicle that was parked at the movie theater in Waynesville, according to police reports.
The vehicle, a white Nissan 300, was registered to Porter and contact was finally made with the suspects at the Waynesville Middle School. Both individuals were with the car, according to police.
According to the probable cause statements on both suspects, WPD allegedly discovered backpacks inside the vehicle containing four credit cards, three I Pods, one I Phone, one camera and $180.
Police submitted in their probable cause statements that both suspects admitted, after being apprised of their rights and signing waivers, to not only the theft at the theater, but the more than 30 vehicle break-ins that have happened in the Waynesville, St. Robert and Pulaski County area over the last couple of months.
Both men have been charged with felony stealing, a Class C felony, and face up to seven years in prison. Bond was set for both at $15,000 cash or professional surety and a preliminary hearing has been set for July 25.
WPD is asking via Facebook for citizens to help identify the owners of the following objects because owners have not been located: LG Verizon cell phone, 2 iPods, 1 iPhone, 4 small flash lights, 1 Gerber tool, 1 Gerber knife, 2 watches, GPS power cord and mount, 1 battery charger. To identify items leave a message for WPD at 774-2414.