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2 charged in connection with burglary investigation

Lance Elliott Simmerman (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department) Lance Elliott Simmerman (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department)
Christina Hope Ray (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department) Christina Hope Ray (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department)
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Two Mississippi County residents have been charged in connection with a burglary investigation.

Lance Elliott Simmerman, 28, of East Prairie, was charged with burglary in the first degree, unlawful possession of a firearm, stealing a motor vehicle and two counts of receiving stolen property. His bond was set at $75,000.

Christina Hope Ray, 19, of East Prairie, was charged with burglary in the first degree, stealing a motor vehicle and two counts of receiving stolen property. Her bond was set at $75,000.

According to Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore, the investigation began on Sunday when an officer was dispatched to investigate a burglary in central Mississippi County.

When he arrived, the officer met with the victim who reported that his home had been broken into and his vehicle and several other items were missing.

Sheriff Moore said during the investigation, Ray and Simmerman allegedly staked out the home the previous day. Based on that information, they began looking for the pair.

They say the stolen vehicle was found outside a home roughly a mile from where it was stolen.

The officer was allowed into the home and said he found Simmerman sitting in the hallway with a gun.

He secured the gun, which he later identified as being stolen, and then placed Simmerman under arrest.

Officers then reentered the home, found Ray and arrested her. At that time, both were taken to the Mississippi County Detention Center.

During intake, a corrections officer found a syringe and small baggie of meth concealed in Simmerman's clothing. Those items were turned over to the jail administrator and have been referred for prosecution.

Once the inmates were processed into the facility, Sheriff Moore and several deputies conducted videotaped interviews with the pair and developed probable cause to believe they had committed the burglary.

According to Sheriff Moore, these arrests led to the resolution of other burglaries and additional charges are expected in the near future.

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