Suspects charged following string of business burglaries in Warren County


by Staff

Posted on September 11, 2013 at 10:48 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 12 at 6:24 PM

(KMOV) – Authorities have charged two men they believe are responsible for a rash of business burglaries throughout Warren County.

Paul K. Bruning, 21, and Jacob M. Sinclair, 18, were each charged with burglary, stealing, and property damage according to the Warren County Sheriff’s Department.

According to Warren County Sheriff Kevin Harrison, during the last half of August 2013 authorities had been investigating numerous burglaries targeted at businesses within Warren County.

In each case, the suspects’ primary concern appeared to money.  The suspects reportedly stole cash, cash registers, money boxes, and safes.  Furthermore, damage was always left behind as a result of gaining access to the businesses.      

According to authorities, a description of a suspicious vehicle seen in the area of one of the burglaries was provided by an employee of one of the businesses.

On August 31, 2013, the Warren County Sheriff’s Department received a tip from Wentzville police regarding descriptions of both a vehicle and possible suspects involved in burglaries in the Wentzville area.

The description of the vehicle provided matched the vehicle description provided by the employee in the Warren County burglaries.

On September 3, 2013, detectives and deputies with the Warren County Sheriff’s Department tracked down and interviewed both Bruning and Sinclair regarding the string of burglaries.

Following the interviews, authorities determined both Bruning and Sinclair were responsible for a total of eight business burglaries.

The business burglaries included:  Hart’s Sport Shop in Truesdale, Green Gardens Nursery in Truesdale, Warren County Storage in Truesdale, Town & Country Nursery in Dutzvow, AAR Auto Salvage in Marthasville, Thierbach’s Orchard in Marthasville, Katy Caboose in Marthasville, and the Faith Christian Family Church in Warrenton.

Deputies were able to recover some of the stolen items from the suspect’s homes and vehicle from burglaries in Lincoln County.

Bond for Bruning was set at $80,000. 

Bond for Sinclair was set at $95,000.