The Smithville Police Department has apparently solved a burglary at Brookview Apartments on Walker Drive with the arrest of a 39 year old man.
Police Chief Thomas J. Stufano says James Nathaniel McKissack, a resident of Brookview Apartments, has been charged with aggravated burglary and resisting arrest. His bond is set at $3,500.
In a prepared news release, Chief Stufano says \"On Sunday night, Smithville Police Officers responded to Brookview Apartments at 740 Walker Drive to a reported burglary. After a short investigation with both the victim and witnesses, it was determined that the suspect, McKissack, lived in a neighboring apartment. A computer check also showed that the subject was wanted for a violation of probation warrant.\"
\"Additional officers and Sheriff's deputies responded to the apartment complex as the suspect was holdup in his apartment. Officers hearing noises coming from the apartment made repeated attempts for someone to come to the door. After a relay of phone calls between the occupants of that apartment and other neighbors, four individuals came out to speak to officers. It was ascertained that McKissack was not coming out. Officers tried to establish communications with McKissack for over 15 minutes before finally contacting him hiding in a back bedroom.\"
\"Further investigation at the scene disclosed that McKissack had pried open the front door to the burglarized apartment earlier in the day and entered, stealing cash and prescription drugs. Detectives were able to establish that witnesses saw McKissack coming out of the residence while the occupants were away. Eventually, the residents were notified shortly after their return home that evening.\"
\"Smithville Police are investigating a number of similar burglaries in the same area and are asking anyone with information to contact Sergeant Steve Deffendoll at 597-8211.\"
Chief Stufano says the Smithville Police Department is committed to investigating all crimes within the city limits and asks for citizens support. \"Neighborhood Crime Watch works and thanks to our growing network of Neighborhood Crime Watchers we are making a difference.\"