Cassville police respond to suspicious person

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Man in black hoodie reportedly banged on back door of home

Cassville police are searching for a suspect or multiple suspects in a string of suspicious person and attempted break-in reports over the past few weeks.

Dana Kammerlohr, Cassville police chief, said police responded to a home on the Mountain Street at about 9:50 p.m. on Feb. 12 in response to a suspicious person wearing a black hoodie.

"The person did not try to enter the home, but he was pounding on the back door," Kammerlohr said. "The only description we have is that it was a male wearing a black hoodie."

The description matches a number of recent reports of attempted break-ins, including two on Townsend Street in January, one on Main Street and one in the early morning hours of Feb. 12 on Farm Road 1085 near Exeter.

While each report cites a man in a black hoodie, Kammerlohr said there is no indication the incidents are all related or perpetrated by the same person.

In the Townsend Street reports, one cites a man who knocked on a door but left, and a second said a man opened a door and saw people in the home before leaving.

In the Farm Road 1085 incident, a man reportedly entered through the garage of a home, breaking through three doors to gain access inside, where a 73-year-old woman drew a pistol and forced the man to flee on foot to a nearby vehicle. According to Mick Epperly, Barry County sheriff, the man escaped with an unknown amount of frozen meats and tools that were being stored in the garage.

Two Exeter residents have been arrested in connection to the Farm Road 1085 incident.

Cassville police are asking anyone with information about the incidents inside the city to call the department at 417-847-7400, extension 20 or 21.

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