Man arrested in Poplar Bluff burglary case

Man arrested in Poplar Bluff burglary case
Michael Wayne Harris (Source: Poplar Bluff Police Department)

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KAIT) - A Missouri man told police that he had been under the influence of meth and had not slept for several days when police arrested him in connection with a burglary Friday, authorities said Saturday.

According to Poplar Bluff police Detective Joseph Woodruff, Michael Wayne Harris of GlenAllen was arrested after police went to B&H Auto Electric to investigate a burglary.

An employee told police that several thousand dollars worth of automotive repair tools and equipment were taken as well as an ATV and a 2018 Jeep Wrangler, Woodruff said.

However, police got a break when the Jeep Wrangler was seen at a Casey's General Store in Poplar Bluff as detectives were still processing the crime scene.

"The Jeep was seen outside of a Casey's General Store in Poplar Bluff by the owner of B&H. The Jeep and the majority of the property taken from B&H were recovered," Woodruff said.

Police later found the ATV behind a business on Bartlett Street and were also able to recover the other items, Woodruff said.

Officers began looking for Harris and first found him in a Ford truck.

"Harris fled from the vehicle, which was discovered to be stolen from Worley's Tree Service on Ditch Road in Poplar Bluff. Around 4:00 p.m., Harris was again spotted in the area by B&H employees," Woodruff said. "Harris was subsequently taken into custody in the 200 block of North F Street after a short foot pursuit by officers."

Harris was arrested on suspicion of 2nd-degree burglary, three counts of theft of a motor vehicle and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was being held in the Butler County Justice Center pending the filing of formal charges.

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