Alleged Country Corner burglar charged

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

DNA testing leads to arrest for July 2015 incident

A Springfield man has been charged with the July 2015 burglary at Country Corner in Purdy.

Eric Rousseau, 28, of Springfield, is charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor in two separate cases. In the first case, he is charged with burglary and theft, and in the second case, he is charged with misdemeanor second-degree property damage.

According to a press release from the Purdy Police Department, DNA evidence submitted to the Missouri State Highway patrol crime lab led to the alleged identification of Rousseau as being responsible for the crime.

On July 12, 2015, between 12:30-6 a.m. and Rousseau allegedly threw a concrete block through the front door of the convenience store on Highway 37, causing $218 in damages. He then allegedly entered the building and stole several items, totaling $9,100 in value.

Blood evidence was found throughout the store, which was collected and sent to the crime lab for testing. A DNA profile was created from the samples, then entered into the Combined DNA Index System, which provided the match to Rousseau.

Rousseau is being held in the Missouri Department of Corrections on other charges. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Barry County on Tuesday on the property damage charge.

For the two felonies, Rousseau has a bond of $20,000, and a court date has yet to be set.

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