A 19-year-old Thayer man has been charged with three class C felonies according to Fred O'Neill, prosecuting attorney of Oregon County.
Michael A. Murphy has been charged with burglary in the second degree, stealing, and tampering in the first degree.
According to a probable cause statement issued by O'Neill's office, on Feb. 21, Murphy went to the Oregon County Sheriff's Office to turn himself in for the burglary he admitted to at the Charlie and Marsha Brown residence on Route 2 in Thayer.
The affidavit states that on or about Feb. 18, the Brown's residence was broken into. Taken from the scene were a 12 gauge-bolt action shotgun, a 30-30 Winchester rifle with scope, a Remington Long Rifle 22 semi-automatic, Glenfield 22 semi-automatic with Tasco scope and a Buffalo Combo Pearl Handle pistol (handgun). A 2009 white Dodge 2500 quad cab truck was stolen and damaged.
The probable cause statement says that Murphy said he took a hammer out of the garage, broke the glass door of the Brown's residence, reached in and unlocked the door to get inside. Murphy admitted to stealing five firearms from the residence, the statement says. Murphy told officers he carried out a bolt action shotgun and a 22 rifle, while the male juvenile who was with him carried out two rifles. The statement says that Murphy said they carried the guns 25- to 30-feet from the house and hid them in a brush pile, to return later to get them.
According to the statement, Murphy and the juvenile returned to the house where the juvenile found and kept a 22 pistol and a set of keys to a 2009 Dodge truck. Murphy told officers they stole the truck as a get-away vehicle with the juvenile driving the truck. The statement says that the two drove down the road "a ways," stopped, found a rock big enough to hold the gas peddle down, put it in gear and watched the truck run into the ditch and stop. They both then ran back to the residence where they were staying, Murphy told authorities.