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Mississippi Co. officials arrest 2 men in burglary case

Roger Allen Bannister (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department) Roger Allen Bannister (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department)
Benjamin Joseph Stephenson (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department) Benjamin Joseph Stephenson (Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Department)
MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Two men are facing burglary and theft charges following an investigation conducted by the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department.

According to Mississippi County Sheriff Keith Moore, the investigation began last week when Captain Ken Story was sent to investigate a theft from a rural Mississippi County business.

While in route to the business, Story received information that the suspects were at a Charleston service station.

Upon his arrival, Story met with Charleston Department of Public Safety officers whom had detained the suspects and recovered the stolen property.

The investigation revealed the victims had noticed property missing, immediately after Benjamin Joseph Stephenson, 37, of Charleston, Mo., and Roger Allen Bannister, 45, of Sikeston, Mo., visited their workplace.

At that time, the victims reportedly located the suspect’s vehicle and then contacted both the Charleston DPS and the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Department.

Following the recovery of the stolen property, Bannister and Stephenson were placed under arrest and transported to the Mississippi County Detention Center.

Stephenson and Banner are each charged with burglary in the second degree and theft/stealing of property valued at more than $500, both felonies punishable upon conviction by up to seven years in the Department of Corrections.

Bannister faces an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance in a county jail.

That charge stems from the discovery of narcotics in Bannister’s possession during intake into the Mississippi County Detention Center.

As of press time, both men remain jailed in the Mississippi County Detention Center with their bonds each set at $25,000.

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