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Year-long investigation busts alleged Franklin County burglary ring

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Tyler Phelps, 23, and Jesse Brewer, 31, are allegedly behind a string of burglaries in Franklin County. The two also allegedly sold the stolen items at pawn shops in the St. Louis area. Credit: Franklin County Sheriff Tyler Phelps, 23, and Jesse Brewer, 31, are allegedly behind a string of burglaries in Franklin County. The two also allegedly sold the stolen items at pawn shops in the St. Louis area. Credit: Franklin County Sheriff
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

Franklin County Sheriff's Department detectives say they've arrested the burglars responsible for up to a half-dozen burglaries.

Detective Jim Briggs from the Franklin County Sheriff's Department said, "These guys were going all over the western side of our county breaking into homes that had jewelry and electronics."

Tyler Phelps, 23, and Jesse Brewer, 31, are each charged with six counts of burglary and four counts of theft. Investigators say they sold most of the jewelry at pawn shops and gold buying stores in St. Louis City and St. Louis County.  

Sheriff's officials say the suspects often took stolen televisions directly to drug dealers to trade for heroin. 

"They'd only take TV's that had remote controls. If they came down with a TV that did not have the actual TV controller that it came with, they would not take it, and if they did take it, they would trade it for quite a bit less heroin," said Briggs.

Phelps and Brewer are being held at the Franklin County Jail. Their bond is set at $30,000 each.

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