Two men have been arrested in connection with an Oct. 26 burglary at a house southwest of Columbus and are suspected in a string of robberies in rural Cherokee County.
Christopher Allen Hunt, 26, and David Allen Martsolf, 22, both of Joplin, Mo. were arrested in connection with the burglary.
They have been charged in Cherokee County District Court with residential burglary, felony theft and criminal damage to property.
Both Hunt and Martsolf are facing charges in Missouri as well.
According to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves the pair were caught after using a stolen debit card in Joplin.
“The card was used shortly after the burglary,” Groves said. “One place had surveillance video.”
Groves said a still image from the video cameras was used to identify Hunt and Martsolf.
According to Connie Demery with the Newton County Sheriff‘s Department, Hunt is facing charges in Newton County of forgery, receiving stolen property and fraudulent use of a credit device. He also has outstanding warrants from Cherokee County and Jasper County, Mo. and is being held in the Newton County jail. Martsolff is being held in the Newton County Jail as well, on charges of receiving stolen property. He also has a probation violation out of McDonald County, Mo., on a theft charge and a Missouri State hold as a parole absconder as well as the Cherokee County warrant.
According to a release from CKSO, Missouri law enforcement officials assisted Cherokee County investigators by obtaining a search warrant for one residence and conducting a consensual search of another.
During those searches, items stolen from the rural Columbus home were recovered and additionally, during the searches that were conducted in Missouri, investigators located other items believed to have been stolen in other recent Cherokee County burglaries. Those investigations continue and additional charges against Hunt and Martsolf are anticipated.