Poplar Bluff, Missouri (KMOV.com) -- Four men are in custody after an officer used a suspect's cell phone to track down three others wanted for allegedly robbing a Poplar Bluff gas station early Monday morning.
Police said officers were called to the Southside Sinclair at 1401 South Broadway and the found the glass front doors broken. After they secured the area, an officer stopped a vehicle driven by 17-year-old Jonandrew Stenger.
Police said the officer searched Stenger’s car and found a cell phone containing text messages that discussed a burglary.
Stenger then told police that he drove three others, Shyron Vance, 18, Emerys Vickers, 19, and a juvenile male to the gas station so they could break in. During the conversation Stenger’s phone rang and the officer answered it. The man on the line said to “come pick us up in the backyard.” Stenger told the officer it was Vance’s backyard, authorities said.
Police used Stenger’s car as a decoy and arrested the other three suspects. All the men cooperated with investigators, and the snack food and rolled coins that were stolen were recovered, according to police.
Stenger, Vance and Vickers were charged with second-degree burglary and are being held in the Butler County Jail. The juvenile was released to Butler County Juvenile Authorities.