Sheriff’s Office: Report of vehicle break-ins near Fruitland led to multi-county chase

A lot of folks in Cape County remain on high alert tonight, after finding out people went through their vehicles.
Published: Mar. 23, 2022 at 11:41 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 23, 2022 at 4:39 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, Mo. (KFVS) - Reported vehicle break-ins near Fruitland led to a multi-county chase early on Wednesday morning.

A lot of folks in Cape Girardeau County remain on high alert, after finding out people went through their vehicles.

“It kind of makes you feel a little scary,” June Kohler said.

“My husband went out and found his car door open a little but he didn’t think nothing about it’d later on I got in mine and the console was like all tore apart and papers thrown everywhere”

Luckily, Kohler said they’re not missing anything. She still filed a report at the Jackson Police Department. That’s when she discovered she’s not the only one.

“When I as at the station, a guy was coming in and he had gotten his vehicle broken into,” she said.

Jackson police say they took about 30 calls Wednesday morning related to car break ins.

Kohler said she’s lived at her house in Jackson for 35 years and this is the first time it’s happened to her.

“I always thought this was the good side of town but apparently you know over the years it’s going to eventually get that way,” she said.

According to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff’s Office, at around 4 a.m. on March 23 they received a call from a citizen reporting multiple vehicle break-ins near Fruitland.

A witness saw the vehicle involved in the break-in and tried to follow it. While following it, they said the suspects began to shoot at the witness and the witness stopped following.

Deputies say no injuries were reported.

They said the Jackson Police Department also received multiple calls of a vehicle break-in, which is believed to be related to the investigation.

Two Cape Girardeau County residents sent us video of the reported break-ins and attempted break-ins.

Another Cape Girardeau Count resident sent us video of attempted break-ins and officers say the reported incident led to a multi-county chase with the suspects.

The videos were from the Arbor Circle subdivision near Fruitland.

A viewer's doorbell camera caught this alleged vehicle break-in near Fruitland where officers say the reported incidents led to a multi-county chase.

The chase involved multiple jurisdictions and agencies and ended in Jefferson County, Mo.

That’s where authorities say they took two teenagers into custody. Two other suspects, believed to be women, got away.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reports finding multiple guns inside the suspect vehicle, which was reportedly stolen from O’Fallon, Missouri and is tied to an assault investigation in St. Louis.

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