Poplar Bluff, Missouri police said a man admitted to committing a burglary, but also said he was on meth at the time and had not slept in days.
Michael Wayne Harris, 27, of GlenAllen, Missouri, is charged with Second Degree Burglary, three counts of Theft of a Motor Vehicle, and two counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance.
An employee of B&H Auto Electric in Poplar Bluff reported several thousand dollars worth of tools and equipment missing along with an ATV and a 2018 Jeep Wrangler. Officers responded to the business overnight Friday into Saturday.
Police said while detectives were on the scene, the owner of B&H Auto Electric spotted the Jeep outside of a general store in Poplar Bluff. The Jeep and most of the tools stolen were recovered.
A short time after finding the Jeep, the ATV was spotted behind another business a few blocks away from B&H. The ATV and the remaining missing property were recovered.
Officers said the owner of B&H gave them a photograph of the suspect, who was later identified as Harris.
While officers searched the area, Harris was spotted in a Ford truck. Police said he fled from the vehicle, which was found out to be stolen from Worley's Tree Service in Poplar Bluff.
Police said around 4 p.m., Harris was seen again in the area by B&H employees. He was then taken into custody after a short foot pursuit with police.
During an interview, police said Harris told detectives he was under the influence of meth during the burglary and had not slept for several days before the incident. Police said Harris gave a full confession to detectives regarding the burglary.
Harris is currently being held at the Butler County Justice Center.
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