Burglary suspect in custody in Missouri

Burglary suspect in custody in Missouri by M. Jill Karolevitz The suspect in the June 1 burglary of a mobile home west of Vermillion is in custody in Pettis County, MO, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Department.

Continued investigation into the incident revealed that Olin Hamilton, 37, had been arrested on several counts of burglary in Missouri and is now being held in Pettis County on an $80,000 bond.

His connection with the rural Vermillion burglary was discovered with the aid of the Union County Sheriff�s Department.

�We received a flier from Union County that had information about a suspect who had been going around the countryside burglarizing houses,� said Clay County Deputy Les Kephart. �Then we called Union County to see if they had a photo of the suspect, which they did and sent to us.�

The Union County Sheriff�s Department also put together a computerized line-up of suspects. The two young witnesses of the burglary at the rural Vermillion home identified Hamilton. Clay County later received word from Union County that Hamilton was in Missouri.

�I talked with a corporal in the sheriff�s department there (Pettis County) and during an interview, Hamilton confessed to our burglary,� Kephart said.

Warrants on numerous charges for Hamilton have been issued in several states, in addition to South Dakota and Missouri, Kephart added. �Union County also has four, possibly five warrants on him for burglary,� he said.

�He was working several states, including us, but if he is brought to South Dakota, he would probably be coming off a prison sentence in Missouri,� Kephart continued. �With that $80,000 bond in Pettis County, they�re serious about holding him.�

The Vermillion incident occurred June 1 at about 10:35 a.m. at a mobile home near the intersection of Timber Road and the Clay County Park access road. The suspect entered the home through a very small window. Two children were in the home at the time.

According to Kephart, a 911 call came into the Clay County Sheriff�s Department from a young girl who reported that a man had broken into their house. �She was very calm and provided a good description of the suspect,� he said.

Kephart responded to the call but the suspect had already fled the scene.

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