PITTSFIELD, Ill. -- Three out-of-state residents were arrested by the Pike County Sheriff's Department and the Pittsfield Police Department on Monday and charged with residential burglaries.
A Pike County Sheriff's Department release says that about 9:30 p.m. Monday, the two police departments made contact with a white four-door passenger car in the 100 block of North Mississippi Street in Pittsfield. Deputies arrested the driver, Kensey R. Mesey, 24, of Mount Vernon, Ind., for alleged possession of methamphetamine, and the passenger, Majole L. Gentry, 23, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., on two outstanding Pike County warrants.
During the vehicular stop, deputies allegedly located several items that had been reported stolen in two separate burglaries in Florence and Pearl. Afterward, deputies said they were able to tie two additional Pike County residential burglaries to the investigation. Three of these burglaries previously had been reported. The fourth was discovered through the course of the investigation after deputies learned additional facts, the release said.
Deputies said they notified the out-of-town owners of the fourth property that their residence had been burglarized. When shown photos of the recovered items, police said the owners immediately said the property was theirs.
Deputies said they recovered items in both the passenger vehicle and from Mesey's residence in Indiana. The investigation further revealed an additional suspect, Jonah M. Hargett, 29, also of Mount Vernon, Ind. Officials said Hargett agreed to turn himself in to authorities when deputies contacted him. They also said he turned in more than 30 items to authorities.
Police said the daylong investigation also led authorities to the Hannibal (Mo.) Police Department, where Pike County authorities assisted in executing two court-authorized search warrants in an attempt to recover some of the stolen items from the burglaries. Hannibal Police handled all criminal charges involving the two search warrants, the release said.
Mesey was charged with possession of a controlled substance and four counts of residential burglary. Hargett was charged with four counts of residential burglary. Gentry was arrested on two outstanding warrants of arrest in Pike County and charged with three counts of residential burglary.
All three are currently in the Pike County Jail pending court appearances.