Robertsville, Mo. - According to Sheriff Gary Toelke in a statment released earlier this morning he said, Saturday afternoon 38-year-old Derrick A. Smith of St. Clair, Mo. was arrested after his attempts to break into a horse barn, located in the 2500 block of Robertsville Road was interrupted by a caretaker for the property.
The caretaker confronted the suspect and began fighting with Smith, attempting to take away Smith's keys to his vehicle.
Smith was able to over take the caretaker. During his attempt to flee the scene he hit the caretaker with his vehicle before ramming a security gate and a lawn mower.
The caretaker immediately dialed 911. The caretaker provided a physical description of the suspect and the vehicle.
The caretaker told 911 dispatchers that he was a caretaker for the property and discovered unknown black male suspect stealing horse tack from a stable.
While deputies were responding to the the scene, at 2:54 p.m. one of the deputies observed the suspect's vehicle matching the description he was provided and stopped the vehicle on Hwy AT in Villa Ridge.
Upon contacting the suspect, the Deputy noticed a significant amount of horse tack in the vehicle. The suspect was ultimately interviewed and arrested for investigation of Burglary, Property Damage, and Assault.
Smith also had (2) felony warrants for his arrest from Crawford County for receiving stolen property with a total bond of $10,000. Smith also had a warrant for his arrest from Vigo County, Indiana for Assault and Battery.
Upon searching Mr. Smith’s vehicle, additional suspected stolen property was located. Deputies are working to determine where the property was stolen from and any other potential victims at this time.
Smith has been formally charged with Burglary.
He is currently being held in the Franklin County Jail on a $50,000 cash only bond.
Additional charges are expected in this case.