WARREN COUNTY, Mo. (KSDK) - A 30-year-old Truesdale man could be facing several charges in connection to a year-long burglary spree throughout Warren County after being arrested in late December for a single burglary.
According to Warren County Sheriff Kevin Harrison, the latest incident occurred December 21 around 5:45 p.m. at a home in the 26000 block of Woodridge Drive in Warrenton. The victim told a sheriff's deputy that they were arriving home and saw the suspect pulling out of their driveway. The victim saw they had been burglarized and immediately contacted local law enforcement.
A patrol officer from the Truesdale Police Department noticed the suspect's vehicle on Highway M and pulled the driver over. A sheriff's deputy later arrived at the scene, checked the vehicle and discovered stolen items from the Woodridge burglary inside the car.
Authorities arrested the driver, identified as George Augusta III. He was charged with second-degree burglary and stealing more than $500 worth of merchandise. Augusta remains jailed on a $50,000 bond.
In the weeks following that arrest, Sheriff Harrison said investigators identified 23 separate locations where George Augusta III broke in and stolen items. The oldest burglary linked to Augusta dates back to February 2012. Authorities believe some burglaries have yet to be reported because the owners of those items have yet to discover they're missing.
Authorities recovered numerous guns, televisions, jewelry, computers, cameras, swords, antiques, air conditioning units, rare coins, musical instruments, CDs, DVDs, video game systems, video games, tools, leaf blowers, weed eaters, power tools, household decorations, photo albums, Christmas decorations, and an arrowhead collection.
George Augusta III told investigators he began breaking into homes because he was unemployed and needed money for child support payments. However, authorities suspect Augusta may also have used the funds to support a drug addiction.
Other suspects have been identified in the burglaries and will be charged in the near future, Sheriff Harrison said.
Meanwhile, Augusta has only been charged with the Woodridge burglary, but additional charges are pending for the other burglary and theft cases.