Editor's Note: Just after print time on Monday morning (April 1), the two suspects involved in these crimes were apprehended in Macon, Mo.
A string of crimes from Macon to Moberly and beyond are believed to have left three persons injured and one dead as of Monday morning (April 1), with the suspects fleeing and still at-large.
On Sunday evening (March 31), the Moberly Police Department was called to the Moberly Wal-Mart Supercenter, in reference to two persons — one black male and one white male — shoplifting from the store. The duo was witnessed via surveillance camera leaving the store in a vehicle that had reportedly been stolen from the Macon, Mo. area.
This vehicle was later recovered at the intersection of Jefferson and Morley streets, and turned over to the MPD.
Shortly after this, the Randolph County Sheriff's Department was called to a report of a vehicle being set on fire. Near the midnight hour (between Sunday and Monday), the Moberly Police Department attempted to contact the owner of the burned vehicle, and discovered a 92-year-old resident dead. The police report labels this death as "suspicious," and they are further investigating it in connection to the spree. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday (April 2).
Five minutes after the burned car was located, the Sheriff's Department received a call of a vehicular accident on County Road 2515. Ten minutes after that, the Sheriff's Department was called to a double shooting at Route D near Huntsville. Said victims were transported to hospitals in Columbia, and scheduled for early-morning surgery Monday. There is no word on their condition as of this juncture.
A Chevy pickup truck owned by one of the shooting victims was stolen and later wrecked. The suspects are believed to have returned to the residence and stolen a Dodge pickup truck, which they drove away.
Randolph County Sheriffs were called to a residence on Route BB a short time later, on reports that a woman had been assaulted and her vehicle — a white Saturn Vue, with the license plate "FA6T3E" — was stolen. She is said to have been "pistol whipped." She was also taken to a Columbia hospital.
At close to 9 p.m., the Sheriff's Department was called to a residence in Higbee, on a report of several stolen guns.
A $1,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identification and arrest of the two suspects. Police and Sheriff's deputies from the surrounding counties, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol have been called in to assist in the manhunt.
Attempts by the MMI to contact the Randolph County Sheriff's office remained unanswered as of print time.