The Adair County Sheriffs Office arrested a Columbia man after a string of residential burglaries.
O Saturday the sheriff’s office started receiving complaints of properties being broken into from the area of Oak Grove and Taylor Ford Road.
They intensified patrol of the area and at approximately 2 a.m. on Oak Grove Road Deputy Brandon Hitch met a subject on an ATV. After an attempt to stop the subject fled. The pursuit went off road and through several fields; eventually the subject was lost when he entered the woods.
Early Sunday morning the sheriff’s office was notified that a resident of the area seen a suspicious person coming from the woods.
Chief Deputy Justin Cross and Sheriff Josh Brockman located the subject at an abandoned farmhouse off Christine Road.
He was identified as Wesley Pitcock, 33, of Columbia and was taken into custody.
Multiple stolen items were found including chainsaws, weed trimmers, air compressors, jump boxes, miscellaneous tools, a golf cart, and 2002 Mercury Mountaineer reported stolen from Horse Cave. All stolen property has been returned to its rightful owners.
Pitcock was charged with four counts of burglary; receiving stolen property over $10,000; and theft by unlawful taking. He will also face charges for fleeing and evading police, first degree.
The Adair County Sheriff’s office is continuing the investigation.