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Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 6:32 pm

UPDATED: Franklin County prosecutors issued charges Tuesday afternoon against two men in the burglary last week of a home in Ming Estates subdivision est of Washington.

Andrew S. Johnson, 21, Villa Ridge, and Austin L. Lusty, 22, from the St. Clair/Sullivan area, are charged with one count each of second-degree burglary and theft of a firearm, both felonies, and third-degree property damage, a misdemeanor.

Bond was set at $50,000 cash-only in the case.

Johnson already was being held in the county jail on a probation violation warrant. Lusty is still at-large and is being sought by law enforcement officers.

Krystal Dawn Scott, 22, of Eldon, Mo., was charged last Friday with one count of second-degree burglary in the burglary in the 900 block of Prairie View Drive. 

Scott was being held on a $10,000 cash-only bond in the Franklin County Jail. 

She and a Johnson were arrested early Friday morning.

Earlier Story

Information provided by witnesses and “good police work” resulted in the arrest early Friday of a man and woman accused of breaking into a home in Ming Estates subdivision east of Washington, Sheriff Gary Toelke said.

Franklin County detectives planned to apply later Friday for warrants charging the pair with burglary and stealing.

Names of the 21-year-old Villa Ridge man and 22-year-old woman from Eldon, Mo., were not released because they had not been charged as The Missourian was going to press.

Also taken into custody were two juvenile boys from the Union area, according to reports. They were turned over to juvenile authorities.

The Villa Ridge man has prior charges for shoplifting, statutory rape, stealing a motor vehicle, narcotics violations, and ordinance violations, the sheriff’s office reported.

Sheriff Toelke said “numerous” items were reported stolen Thursday afternoon from a home in the 900 block of Prairie View Court, and another resident reported a large package stolen from a front porch.

Sold to Buy Drugs

Deputies were in the process Friday of recovering some of the stolen goods from a pawnshop in the Gray Summit area where the suspects said they sold items to get money to buy marijuana, the sheriff said.

Toelke said deputies responded earlier that day to a report of suspicious persons in the subdivision about 11:30 a.m. The caller reported seeing two males get out of a vehicle and walking through a field. The witness provided deputies with descriptions of the suspects and the vehicle.

While responding to the call, a deputy observed a vehicle that matched the description given by the witness and obtained the license plate number, Toelke said. The deputy, who was driving in the opposite direction, was unable to catch up to the vehicle to stop it but he did observe that the driver was a white female.

Deputies checked and found that the license plate on the car was issued to a resident in the Eldon area.

After the actual burglary was reported about 4 p.m. Thursday, deputies began searching for the vehicle and suspects.

About 3:45 a.m. Friday, deputies located the suspects’ vehicle on a motel parking lot at Highway 100 and South Point Road, the sheriff’s office reported.

Deputies requested assistance from Washington police in placing the vehicle under surveillance.

At one point, the female suspect came out of a motel room and was confronted by police. She said there were other suspects in the motel room and police took them all into custody. Some of the stolen property was recovered and some narcotics were seized, Toelke said.

Detectives are continuing their investigation, the sheriff said.

“Witnesses getting involved and reporting their suspicions were instrumental in solving this case along with good police work by deputies and Washington police,” Toelke said in a prepared statement.

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