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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Man charged with burglarizing former police chief's home

  • A Richland man was arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly breaking and entering into the home of former Waynesville Police Chief Bob Carter while his wife was in the residence.
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  • A Richland man was arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly breaking and entering into the home of former Waynesville Police Chief Bob Carter while his wife was in the residence.
    Charles Bacon, 40, of Richland, was charged with burglary, armed criminal action and three counts of stealing a firearm.
    Waynesville Police responded to the Carter residence, located inside the city limits on Highway 17, at 6:30 a.m. and found Nelda Carter, Bob's wife, in the front yard.
    According to police documents, Nelda told police that there was a white male whom she did not know in her home. Nelda Carter also told police that the suspect had locked the front door, prohibiting her from exiting and forcing her to use her back door for escape. She did not have a weapon when she saw him, according to police records.
    The responding officer then entered the home and saw the male suspect holding a 12-gauge shotgun pointed upward, stepping out of the home, police records state.
    The arresting officer then called for back-up units and followed the suspect to the front of the home. The individual had nothing in his hands at this time, police said. The officer drew his weapon and demanded for the suspect to get on the ground.
    Another Waynesville police officer then arrived on scene and handcuffed Bacon.
    Police reportedly did not find any weapons after searching Bacon. However, police found three firearms owned by Bob Carter laying on the dining room table, along with ammunition.
    Nelda Carter told police that the suspect had opened the gun cabinet and removed both the firearms and the ammunition for the shotgun.
    Bacon is currently in jail on a $250,000 bond. He has previously been convicted of several felonies, according to court documents, including forgery, receiving stolen property and driving while intoxicated. If convicted, he could face 22 years in prison.
    Bob Carter retired as the Waynesville police chief in November 2013. He served as Waynesville’s chief of police since 2008 and worked with the city for 24 years, working his way up from a reserve officer through the ranks of patrolman, sergeant and assistant chief. He retired from 21 years in the Army to become a police officer, having served a tour in Vietnam and three tours overseas.

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