PETTIS COUNTY, Mo. – A homeless Sedalia, Mo., man has been charged with allegations of burglary, theft, tampering, and property damage.
According to a probable cause statement, an officer with the Sedalia Police Department was dispatched at 5:55 a.m. May 31, 2016, to West Central Independent Living Solutions (WILS) at 1800 W. Main Street after reports of a theft.
The complainant told the officer on scene that he did maintenance work for WILS and said when he arrived at work, he noticed a 2015 Chevrolet pickup truck had been broken into. The rear window had been broken out, and it appeared the suspect tried to steal the truck, as the steering wheel and ignition had been tampered with. A sword shaped letter opener was left in the front driver’s seat, indicating it was used to punch the ignition.
There was also minor damage to the gate where the truck was housed, as if the suspect rammed the truck into the gate. The complainant said the truck had been hooked up to a trailer.
The suspect also entered the business by allegedly cutting the screen on a window on the north side of the building. Beneath the window was a Monster Energy can on the ground between two plants. Upon entry, it appeared several offices and rooms had been rummaged through.
There were 3 doors inside that had been forced open, damaged estimating at $1,000.00. A Lenovo laptop was reported missing from one of the desks, as well as a sword shaped letter opener like the one found in the truck, and multiple other items. An empty soup can was left on the desk, appeared to be left by the suspect before leaving.
While on scene, an IT Director was able to pull up video footage, which he sent to the officer to observe. The director stated the suspect showed up around 11:30 p.m. and stayed until about 4:00 a.m. The suspect appeared to be a white male in his late 20’s or early 30’s with several tattoos.
The footage showed the suspect looking through drawers and cabinets throughout the building, a well as taking a Monster Energy drink out of the refrigerator, believed to be the same can left outside the window. All pieces of evidence have been collected to be sent off for DNA/Latent analysis.
Authorities have identified the suspect as homeless man Joshua J. Gresham, 32, and has been charged with one count each of 2nd degree burglary, theft/stealing, 1st degree property damage, and 1st degree tampering with a motor vehicle.
Since May 28, 2016, Gresham has been tied to several other reported burglaries, that occurred on the south edge of town. In the most recent case, Gresham was reportedly captured on camera throwing an item through a window of Katy Motors on June 3, 2016.
According to the footage, Gresham took two sets of keys from the front desk and attempted to gain entry to a car using a key fob. He did not enter the car, however, as he was using the wrong key fob.
A hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. June 21, 2016, in Pettis County. A bond has been set for Gresham at $15,000.