Officials are hoping video surveillance of a man breaking into a home on Pleasant Road off Route W is the break they need to solve more than 30 home burglaries in the Rocky Mount area.



The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man pictured in the video.



The man is seen wearing a heavy, orange coat and tan pants. A hood and camouflage baseball hat shields his face from the camera.



Officials are hoping video surveillance of a man breaking into a home on Pleasant Road off Route W is the break they need to solve more than 30 home burglaries in the Rocky Mount area.

The Morgan County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man pictured in the video.

The man is seen wearing a heavy, orange coat and tan pants. A hood and camouflage baseball hat shields his face from the camera.

Morgan County Detective Greg Martin said it was the second time in six months the home, which is used as a second residence, was broken into.

The first time was in January, Martin said. The burglar then made off with a flat-screen TV and several small electronics.

After the first break-in, the homeowners installed the surveillance cameras and were able to record the second burglary in action.

Martin said the homeowners do not believe anything was taken the second time. They discovered the mid-February intrusion after visiting last weekend.

Even so, with more than 30 unsolved burglaries and attempted burglaries throughout Rocky Mount and the surrounding area, law enforcement officials want the man in the video for questioning.

“This is unacceptable to us,” Martin said. “We need to solve this and the only way we can do that is with our feet on the ground.”

The only connection right now between the burglaries is what’s being stolen.

In almost every case, Martin said the intruder or intruders stole flat-screen TVs and other electronics that were easy to take and quickly.

“It could just be a coincidence,” Martin said. “We can’t link any of the burglaries together.”

Forensic clues were left behind at a few of the homes. But, a backlog at the state’s lab could mean that it’s months before the Sheriff’s Department gets any answers from that route.

The video taken at the house on Pleasant Road provides law enforcement with a new lead in the burglaries.

Martin said the man pictured is the only possible identity officers have to work with on who’s behind any, or all, the break-ins.

Other officers, including those with Missouri State Highway Patrol and Missouri State Water Patrol, have been assisting the department with the ongoing investigation including helping with warrant sweeps and questioning suspects.
Martin said the department will continue to maintain an increased presence in the area to ward off criminal activity as well.

Homeowners associations, condo associations, neighborhood watch groups and other tight-knit communities are asked to be on extra alert and report anything suspicious.

Anyone with information about the suspect pictured, or any other case, is asked to call the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department at 573-378-5481.
 

Contact this reporter at deanna.wheeler@lakesunonline.com