POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) - Poplar Bluff Police arrested four people after a convenience store break-in early Monday morning.
Poplar Bluff Deputy Chief Jeff Rolland says the glass front door of Southside Sinclair on the south side of town was broken around 1:36 a.m. Monday.
Jonandrew Stenger, 17, was spotted driving around the gas station. Police stopped him and questioned him in connection with the break-in. An officer searched Stenger's vehicle and found a cell phone with a text message conversation pulled up. In this conversation, Stenger and another person discussed committing a burglary at a gas station.
Stenger admitted to police that he drove Shyron Vance, 18 of Poplar Bluff, Emerys Vickers, 19, of Poplar Bluff, and a juvenile male to the Sinclair Station and dropped them off so they could break into the business. Police say Stenger was supposed to drive around the area, and pick them up at another location after the burglary.
As the officer was speaking to Stenger, his phone rang and the officer answered it. A male voice on the other end said "Come pick us up in the backyard." Stenger told police that likely meant Vance's backyard.
A detective drove Stenger's truck to Vance's neighborhood and three other officers hid in the bed of the truck. As they approached Vance's backyard, the suspects came out to meet them and the officer jumped out of the truck and arrested them.
Police found stolen property snack food items and rolled coins.
Jonandrew Stenger, 17, Shyron Vance, 18, and Emerys Vickers, 19, all of Poplar Bluff are charged with 2nd degree burglary. They were booked in the Butler County Jail. The juvenile was handed over to Butler County juvenile authorities.