Pike County Sheriff Stephen Korte reports the following:
On the night of September 2, the Pike County Sheriff’s Office along with East Central Drug Task Force, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Detectives, and Troopers from the Highway Patrol executed two search warrants in southern Pike County.
Eolia Fire Protection District assisted with the use of a light plant. These search warrants were the culmination of an investigation into a residential burglary in rural Bowling Green.
Five people are in custody and have been charged by Pike County Prosecutor Mark Fisher as a result of this investigation.
The first search warrant was at 121 East Church St in Eolia. Recovered from that location was jewelry from the burglary. Letitia Kuntz, age 23, of that residence has been charged with one count of the class C felony of receiving stolen property. Nicholas R Kuntz, age 19 of that residence has been charged with one count of the class C felony of burglary in the second degree. Bond was set for both at $10,000 by the Honorable Judge David Ash.
The second search warrant was at 24559 Pike 222 Eolia. Recovered from that location were 35 fire arms and box of Zippo lighters most of which were from the rural Bowling Green burglary.
Also located was a rifle reported stolen from Elsberry and a barstool go-cart stolen from a storage unit in Bowling Green in 2013.
Also recovered earlier that day from under a bridge near the residence was a backpack with several hunting knives and two more firearms in cases from the before mentioned residence.
Sanford Kuntz Jr., age 48, of that residence was charged with five counts of the class C felony of receiving stolen property. Also of that residence Terri S. Knapp, age 36, has been charged with five counts of the class C felony of receiving stolen property and five counts of the class C felony of unlawful possession of a fire arm by a convicted felon. Bond for both was set $25,000.
Also charged in connection with this investigation was Harley J. Deweese, age 21, of Whiteside, Mo., with one count of the class C felony of burglary in the second degree.
On September 4 a second search warrant was obtained to return to the residence after speaking with one of the suspects. Located were an additional 36 fire arms, coins, and collectable currency and other items that had been previously reported stolen.
One more suspect may be charged with receiving stolen property in Lincoln County.
Sheriff Korte would like to commend all the officers for their hard work and for the long hours they put in executing the search warrants. And thank their families for their support for what ended up being two full nights away from home.
All persons charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law