Jefferson City police make arrests in tornado-damaged areas

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Two men with a Kansas City connection were arrested Friday in a tornado-damaged area of Jefferson City.

Officers working Friday afternoon in a part of Jefferson City struck by the tornado were contacted by a business owner regarding two people on his property.

The two individuals were contacted at 3rd and Flora near two motorcycles. They told officers that they came from Kansas City to see the tornado damage.

During their conversation, officers discovered the two motorcycles were stolen in Kansas City. As the officers were conducting a search of the motorcycles, they located two handguns, a .40 caliber and a .45 caliber. They also found numerous narcotics and burglary tools.

Both males suspects are in custody at Cole County Jail and are being held on charges of receiving stolen property, possession of narcotics and trespassing.

Additionally, around 4 a.m. Saturday morning, police were notified that a subject was rummaging through utility trucks parked at 16th and Jefferson. When officers arrived they found that several Ameren UE trucks were entered  and tools were missing.

Officers located a 38-year-old Jefferson City resident hiding at a local hotel, who left on foot, but was taken into custody after a short foot chase. He’s being held in Cole County on charges of stealing and resisting arrest.

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