Several of the more than $14,000 worth of items stolen from Jefferson College in December have been recovered and a suspect has been charged, Jefferson College Campus Police Chief Don Riffe said.
Hunter Hood, 19, of Webster Groves was charged April 11 with one count of second-degree burglary and one count of stealing over $750, both class D felonies punishable by up to seven years in prison. A warrant for his arrest was issued April 19, court records show.
However, on Tuesday (April 23), a Jefferson County Jail spokesperson said Hood was not in the jail.
The thefts occurred during two separate, but related incidents. The first theft occurred during a high school band concert the evening of Dec. 8 at the college’s Fine Arts building on the Hillsboro campus. Thefts included a trumpet and a saxophone that belonged to high school students who were in the building to perform. The second theft was discovered Dec. 13 after video equipment was stolen from a storage area in the nearby Arts and Sciences building, authorities reported.
Riffe said April 16 that two of three video cameras stolen from the college have been recovered.
“The two cameras were returned to the college,” he said. “The third camera was traced to a pawn shop, but it had already been sold.”
Riffe said the stolen trumpet was quickly recovered and returned to the student who owns it, but the saxophone has not been recovered.
Police identified several persons of interest, none of whom are affiliated in any way with the college. The investigation into the other suspects is ongoing, Riffe said.