ALTON -- An Alton man has been arrested and charged with felony burglary and felony stealing.
Officers with the Oregon County Sheriff's Department arrested Travis H. Bates, 22, Sept. 27. He posted a $4,900 bond and is scheduled to be in Oregon County Court Oct. 10.
A probable cause statement from the prosecuting attorney's office said that on the morning of Aug. 14 officer Samuel Barton was called to Don Ross Real Estate to investigate a possible break-in.
Barton said as he entered the building he saw no damage or marks on the front door. He said there was a row of filing cabinets with two drawers opened on the cabinet that contained personnel files. He said there were several files from each drawer removed and thrown on the floor.
Barton said there was a drawer on a desk in the front office where the office manager said money and checks had been taken.
Chief Deputy Eric King arrived at the scene and he and Barton concluded entry was possibly gained to the building through the back door because of markings on the doorjamb.
While the officers were still at the business, Alton resident Ule Tusher came into the office and brought some checks that he said he found on County Road 109 in front of the Bailey Church. They were the checks taken from Ross' office. All the checks and the $700 in cash taken had information about customers attached to them.
Barton said five information forms are still missing as well as $700 in cash.
Officer King interviewed Bates who was in the Oregon County jail on another charge. In a written confession Bates admitted he was the one who broke into the Ross building by entering through the back door and took the money from the office.