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Burglary suspect shows up at police chief's home, asks to use phone


A burglary suspect in Metropolis is behind bars after he showed up at the police chief's front door and asked to use the phone.

According to Metropolis Police Chief Harry Masse, his family dog, Ani, started barking around 6:55 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 2 while he was getting ready for work.

He said he went to the front door and found a man standing there. When he opened the door, he said the man asked to use the phone, saying he had been in the woods all night and had gotten lost.

Masse said he let him use the phone, but the man couldn't get reach anyone. He told the man to have a seat and that he'd give him a ride into town.

"Now you have to remember that there is a blue light on the porch lamp above him," Masse wrote on Facebook. "A thin blue line flag below Ole Glory on the flag police and blue and black ribbons on the lamps to the garage and pole barn. (In police work we call that a clue)."

Masse said he called the station and asked if they were looking for anyone.

He said long story short, officers were handling a burglary at a Dollar General about 2 miles away. They had video surveillance of the suspect, and Masse said the suspect looked like the guy on his front porch.

Now, Masse said the man, 30-year-old Joshua Richardson, of Metropolis, is in custody at the Massac County Detention Center for burglary.

He said Richardson was also wanted on a warrant for parole violation.

"All before my first cup of coffee!" Masse said.

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