Suspect in Lincoln County high school burglary captured
TROY, MO (KTVI) – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department says they have a man in custody who is a suspect in the breakin and burglary of Troy Buchanan High School.
Investigators learned Steven Ueltzen, 30, dropped off his girlfriend near the downtown St. Louis Greyhound bus station Wednesday night. She was shaken up and told her family Ueltzen was headed south.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol spotted Ueltzen’s white van parked in a wooded area in Franklin County around 11:30pm Wednesday. This is the same van spotted near the high school the night of the burglary.
Ueltzen was taken into custody without incident in the wooded are near a Bourbeuse River access point off Highway O.
Tools were found inside the van that could belong to the high school shop class.
Inside the van, troopers also found a .22 long rile within arm’s reach of the driver.
Police considered Ueltzen armed and dangerous and had told the public not to approach him if they spotted him.
Items stolen from the high school included tools from the shop class and the school’s safe. Paper work from the safe was found in several locations, including where Uetlzen had been seen recently living in his van.
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