PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A 24-year-old Dixon man is facing multiple charges after police say he burglarized two homes and sold stolen merchandise.
Mark Saleutogi Keleise has been charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and one count of receiving stolen property. Police believe Keleise broke into two Pulaski County homes, stole personal property and then sold the stolen property to others.
On August 31st, a Pulaski County deputy was sent to an address on Rosette Road near Waynesville to investigate a burglary and theft. One of the items reported stolen was an Apple iPad. The owner was able to provide the serial number of the stolen unit to police.
On September 6th, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office received a call regarding this case. The tipster told police he had purchased an iPad from a subject for $240 and while using the device, he discovered personal information about a person he was acquainted with. When he contacted his friend, the two of them were able to figure out who the iPad belonged to. The deputy verified the serial number and the device was returned to the owner.
The subject who bought the iPad was able to furnish some lead information to authorities. A follow-up search for the suspect was later initiated.
At a later date, based on the physical description of the person who sold the iPad and details of the investigation, a six person photo lineup was shown to the person who bought the iPad. The main suspect of the investigation, Keleise, was included in the photo lineup and his photograph was pointed out.
The same suspect had also been implicated in a burglary that had occurred on October 18th in the Hunters Ridge area off Rt. Y in rural Pulaski County.
On October 20th, police stopped a vehicle that had been seen near the location of the October 18th burglary. The owner of the vehicle was contacted and when questioned by deputies, he showed them another iPad that he was in the process of buying from the suspect. This iPad, by serial number, had been stolen in a burglary on Hunters Ridge Road on the 18th. The recovery of the iPad led to the recovery of other items taken in the Hunters Ridge area.
Keleise’s was set at $100,000 and he remains in the Pulaski County Jail.
Additional cases of burglary and theft from the Rt. Y area remain under investigation and further charges or additional suspects are possible.